Trips to Red Deer will assist students in their school/career choices

Most of the Grade 9 students from Wm. E Hay High School are headed to Red Deer College on Wednesday, April 28 as part of the Junior Achievement ESIS (Economics of Staying in School) program, where they will learn about the economic benefits of staying in school.

Most of the Grade 9 students from Wm. E Hay High School are headed to Red Deer College on Wednesday, April 28 as part of the Junior Achievement ESIS (Economics of Staying in School) program, where they will learn about the economic benefits of staying in school.

This the first time that Wm. E Hay Grade 9 students are taking part in this program.

“There are four mini-lessons within the day,” said Myranda Shepherd, vice-principal of the Wm. E Hay high school, who is coordinating the trip.

These lessons will help students explore the world of work alongside their interests and passions, their employability skills, the financial choices they have to make and how to budget their income and spending alongside the important process of setting goals for the future.

Students will also be taken on tours of the RDC campus, including the Performing Arts Center, the Sciences Building and the trades buildings.

The program is reported to have been designed as a kind of reality check for students that will enable to them to see how much they could benefit by staying in school and what other alternatives they could be facing if they decide on an early start in building up their careers.

Sponsored by the Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, the program is offered to students free of charge.

ln another trip, Grade 11 students will be off to the Career and Trades Expo on Thursday, April 29, also in Red Deer.

The trip is aimed at introducing career and trades choices to the students as they approach their graduation year.