Career Pathways is a comprehensive educational approach that breaks new ground in preparing students for professional careers that lead to financial independence. Middle school students explore the various careers available in specific industries, including the demand for specific jobs, required training, and average pay.
Each panelist came from a different background and position within the construction and engineering industry and provided students with an inside look into their unique experience and knowledge.
Megan Kohan, Assistant Project Manager at Suffolk Construction, and volunteer mentor at The Immokalee Foundation advised the students to “talk to as many professionals in the field as possible to understand all the positions, educational requirements, job descriptions, wages and geographical opportunities. And while in school, participate in clubs, online courses, part time jobs that are within the industry so you can get real life experiences and build your resume.”
In an industry mainly comprised of males (91 % male to 9% female), the inspiring all-female panel set a great example for the middle school females interested in pursuing a career in engineering and construction management.
"Females are not often shown in the construction and engineering field," said Kohan. "Allowing the students to hear from women of all ages, in many spectrums of the field, brings their interests and dreams to life. Positively impacting a child’s life is the best gift we can experience and I am honored to be a part of it!"
The middle school program curriculum includes career panels, field trips, workshops, career interest and aptitude assessments, a four-week summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academy in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University, and for eighth graders, the development of a career plan for high school with the assistance of career counselors.
Before entering high school, Immokalee Foundation students choose to focus on one of four available pathways: Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Education & Human Services, Engineering & Construction Management, and Healthcare.
About The Immokalee Foundation: For more than 31 years, The Immokalee Foundation has been preparing the next generation of leaders through a 100% focus on education, career readiness, and professional development for students in Immokalee—from kindergarten to postsecondary education. The Foundation provides new pathways to success and financial independence through robust programming that prepares students for well-paying, in-demand professional careers. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, become a mentor, signature events, volunteer as a career panel speaker or host, donate, or include the Foundation in your estate plans, please call 239-430-9122 or visit immokaleefoundation.org.