With the pressure of college as intense as ever, a program to get kids thinking about their long-term future during their freshman year of high school is being picked up by school districts nationwide. Get Focused, Stay Focused seeks to get students thinking 10 years into the future, and the program hosts a two-day conference at SBCC on January 8 and 9.
The idea is to encourage students to plan the area of study they want to focus on in college and in their work life so they don’t take aimless college courses and possibly waste their time. The program also intends to hold students accountable and teach them finance skills. S.B. school district high school students must create a 10-year plan in 9th grade and revisit the plan in subsequent years. SBCC utilizes the program for its Dual Enrollment program, which enrolls about 2,000 area high school students each year. Workshops will be held in the business communication building and cover various topics such as evaluation, assessment, community involvement, and career pathways. Organizers and area educators will also speak.