Eighth graders got to learn about different career choices while visiting the Southwest Area Career Center during the Nontraditional Upward Program. Above, Alysa Haverly, of Pierce City, battallion commander for the Junior ROTC, ran the visitors through the pallet bridge exercise, where the group had to build a bridge from pieces of wood, and everyone had to cross successfully. The exercise taught teamwork and critical thinking. If someone fell off, all the group had to do push-ups and start over. The visitors also got to slide down the zip line on the rappelling tower.
[Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Around 480 eighth graders from 15 school districts sending students to the Southwest Area Career Center came to Monett last week to explore career opportunities. The students attended the Nontraditional Upward Program, a two-day event providing a half day of hands-on activities in a program that is nontraditional for the participant's gender.
According to Janet Reppert, coordinator for the program, a career is considered nontraditional when less than 25 percent of those working that job are from one gender. The experience was designed to show students that careers have no gender.
In each class, high school students currently enrolled in the program assisted the eighth graders with their projects, introducing them to the tools and skills needed for that occupation.
"The Nontraditional Upward Program is an excellent event for introducing students to the Southwest Area Career Center," Reppert said.
For more information, contact Reppert at 235-7369.