Tolles prepares to host area middle school students for campus tours early in 2018. Middle school students from Hilliard and Dublin city, West Jefferson, Madison Plains, Jonathan Alder, London, and Fairbanks school districts. Tolles began offering tours for students in grades 6-8 as an opportunity for students to begin exploring the many pathways available to them after completing high school. Tolles has been on the cutting edge of pushing career technical education into middle schools by being one of the first to do so after the mandate by Governor Kasich.
Middle school pathways, including the upcoming tours, are designed to expose students to elective course offerings that align with their interest and skill in hopes of providing a pathway for them to transition successfully to college and careers after high school. During the middle school tour days, students will have an opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art Tolles learning facility, participate in hands-on activities in career labs, and learn more about career possibilities. Admissions coordinator Shea Havens-White shared, “Middle school visits are an exciting time for Tolles staff members. We appreciate being able to put information in the hands of middle grade students to give them an idea of how Tolles can help them achieve their dreams.”
According to Tolles teacher and former Career Connections Coordinator, Beth Fogelsong, “Thinking about careers early is vital. Research shows that 60-70% of students become ‘chronically disengaged’ in seventh and eighth grades. By being involved in an elective early on that interests them, and by exploring careers early, it truly prepares students for all options after they graduate.”
Currently, Tolles has elective course offerings available at many of their associate schools providing an additional advantage to students in the exploratory phases of their education. According to Director of Satellite programs, Connie Streibe, “We also offer a variety of Middle School Programs that deliver Career Technical Education allowing students to explore pathways and gain knowledge and experiences to guide future pathways selections.”
Streibe expounded, “At Fairbanks Middle School, we offer Bioscience/Biotech with an Agricultural focus. At Jonathan Alder Junior High School, 7th and 8th grade students have the opportunity to survey IT and Engineering Pathways Courses. At the Hilliard McVey Innovative Learning Center, Tolles sponsors Health Teach and Education career exploration courses. In addition at West Jefferson 7th and 8th graders are exposed to Business Pathways through Marketing Courses taught through the lens of Supply Chain Management and Logistics.”
“All of these programs are designed and linked to pathways and programs of study that would allow the students to continue their preferred pathway or to rule out a pathway for future interest. The programs are managed and staffed by Tolles and the satellite schools provide the classroom/lab location and space,” said Streibe.
Middle school tour dates are set for January 26th, February 23rd, March 16th, and April 20th. Middle school students interested in more information about Tolles or the campus tour days should contact their school counselors or Tolles admissions coordinator, Shea Havens-White at 614-873-6909.