LHS Students Selected to Participate in College Transition Event

September 21, 2018

Twenty-nine Lexington High School students from Ms. Archer’s various transition/career-planning courses were among the 80+ Nebraska high school students selected to participate in the grant funded College/Career Search & Investigate (CSI) Transition Event sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Nebraska Central Region Transition Cadre.  This Career/College planning event was held September 20, 2018 on the MPCC McCook Community College campus in McCook, Nebraska.  

Participating students from this region toured the McCook Community College campus observing a variety of learning environments, career fields, student support systems, and campus life.  Students focused on the types of post-secondary studies available in the Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Skilled and Technical Sciences, Hard Sciences, and Business, Marketing & Management.  They further explored organization and options within each career cluster, college climate, and prerequisite skills/educational preparation and requirements.  

In addition, all participants were introduced to the Bridge to Success Program that allows students to arrive on campus early, complete a foundational prep course, build relationships, learn how to navigate college, and get a head start on the academic year.  

Other activities included learning about student services, exploring student-housing options, and eating lunch at the McCook Community College campus cafeteria (which was funded by the Nebraska Central Region transition grant).  This allowed students to experience “college atmosphere and cuisine”. 

At the end of this transition event, students completed an “autopsy” evaluation of their experiences.  This feedback revealed the “hands-on activities” in each scholastic/career area, the tour of the campus, the Bridges Program activities, and the “college cuisine” were key event highlights.  According to Jonathan Cortez-Garibay, an LHS sophomore in Ms. Archer’s Career Exploration class, “This was an amazing experience!  Being on campus makes me think about positive things I want to do when I get to college.  This trip helped me decide that college is definitely for me – and gives me a goal to work toward my future.” 

Three additional transition grant-funded College/Career Search & Investigate (CSI) events are planned for the 2018-19 school year.  For further information regarding this and additional transitional events/opportunities, please contact Becky Archer, LPS Transition Coordinator, at becky.archer@lexschools.org.