Career planning pilot in area schools receives $30,000 grant

Posted on Sep 19, 2012

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published September 18, 2012

A Milwaukee-area program that’s matching up trained mentors from area businesses with high school students to talk about career options could become a statewide model, the leader of the state Department of Workforce Development said Tuesday at South Milwaukee High School.

Reggie Newson, head of the department, announced the state would provide $30,000 to the Greater Milwaukee Committee as the nonprofit works on an initiative over the next nine months to provide personalized career pathways for 3,000 Milwaukee-area students.

Most of those participating students will be from Milwaukee Public Schools, but the My Life! My Plan! program is also being tried out at South Milwaukee High School.

The idea isn’t revolutionary. Students traditionally receive advice from high school counselors, parents and teachers when it comes to planning for life after high school, from college planning to immediate career training opportunities.

But the My Life! My Plan! effort attempts to standardize that process for schools and add an important element: volunteers from area businesses who undergo training to coach students, connect with them on a personal level and offer insight about what their business is looking for in future employees.

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