The North Bend Eagle


NBC career ed students start year branching out

Published 9/20/17

NORTH BEND – In just nine days of school, the North Bend Central Career Education program had 14 students aligned with more than 25 various career field experiences with a variety of area businesses, individuals and organizations.

Students in the program all complete skills assessments, interest inventories, and work-based evaluations from Nebraska Career Connections that help determine the career field they are most personally suited for. These diagnostic tools assist career education teacher Katie Wright in her second year as the Career Experiences Placement Coordinator to make contacts with the right community partnerships for each student.

“The process has gone much more quickly this year thanks to the foundation we put down with last year’s group,” Wright said. “We have seen the program grow significantly in terms of the number of kids wanting to be a part of it, and we are using many of the same solid community partnerships as last year, in addition to developing new pathways for students with different career interests.”

One of the many continuing community partners for the program is Dan Minarick, owner of Steel Creations of Morse Bluff.

“I enjoy working with the students at NBC,” Minarick said. “They are able to see how my business runs and the high-quality work I demand. For me, I’m able to see there are far more teachable, hard working, and overall great kids than society would have you think.”

Wright is pleased with the support the students have received from area businesses.

“Steel Creations is one of many great business partners for our program,” she said. “Our welding track in particular is one of our strongest pathways because of our community partnerships we’ve established with Steel Creations, Emanuel Welding, and 3D Designs in Columbus, in addition to large corporations like Valmont and Kawasaki. It really supports the work they’re doing in the classroom and the immediate application out in the workforce.”

NBC is known for its solid classroom instruction, according to Wright, who taught at larger schools including Crete and Seward for eight years and worked for and with the Nebraska Department of Education.

“When we combine classroom learning with our valuable student organizations including FFA, FBLA, and SkillsUSA, which all support students’ skills as not only curricular but extra-curricular activities students can actually compete in,” Wright said, “then we include our vital community partners who help us make real-life career connections, we have a solid, well-rounded approach by design for each individual kid.”

The program model includes the different career pathways introduced at NBC, including business, marketing and management, agriculture and natural resources, communication and information systems, skilled and technical sciences, health sciences, and human services and education.

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