Postsecondary Pathways event at Lerner Theatre to help educators connect students to education and careers

October 27, 2015

School counselors in Indiana want more training to prepare students for careers after high school, and an eventat the Lerner Theatre will provide exactly that.

School counselors and others who work with youth are invited to attend an event designed to help them expose students to real-world career opportunities — ones that exist here in Michiana. Postsecondary Pathways: Connecting Educators to Careers in North Central Indiana will take place Nov. 9 in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner Theatre.

“All Hoosier students need to know what their options are after high school, especially when it comes to opportunities in their own hometowns,” said Glenn Augustine, interim CEO vice president of advancement with the Indiana Youth Institute.

In a statewide survey, 90 percent of school counselors said they could use training focused on current and anticipated workforce needs and the academic preparation students must complete to gain employment.

More than 75 percent of Hoosier students plan to attend college after high school — but earning a four-year degree is not the only pathway to a high-paying job.

Still, there are tens of thousands of unfilled jobs in the state due to unqualified applicants. The Postsecondary Pathways event will train those working with youth to match their students with those positions.

“It’s so important that students are aware of all their options for local employment,” Brian Wiebe, executive director of Horizon Education Alliance. “The process of learning about these options starts with educators and youth workers, and this Postsecondary Pathways event will really give these professionals the tools and information they need to introduce students to these local careers.”

Eight businesses in Elkhart and Goshen will participate by offering youth workers and educators tours of their facilities and insight into the field:

In addition to site visits, the event will feature panel discussions and group networking. Amish Shah, president of Kem Krest, and Wiebe will deliver opening remarks. The lunch keynote address will feature Steven Braun, commissioner for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The event is a collaboration between Horizon Education Alliance, the Department of Workforce Development, Indiana Works Council Region 2, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL), the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Indiana Youth Institute. The event is sponsored in part by J.P.Morgan and Chase.