Local organization provides resources for recent high school graduates, tools for career success
CAMBRIDGE, MD- Life after graduation may look uncertain for many students, as the job market has seen many ups and downs during the last year.
Yet, programs like the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education’s Next Generation Scholars Program want to lend a helping hand. “If they were to think outside of the this one way track that they’ve been focused on, they will realize that there are a lot more opportunities for them than they may have originally thought,” said Chief Strategy Officer for NEXTGen/Next Level’s Nona Carroll.
20 graduated seniors from local high schools gathered Wednesday to get just that, tools to help inspire and lead them towards their futures whether that be college or going into the workforce.
The day included a career fair and different workshop sessions around topics including tips on starting your own business and how to land that first job. “We had different resources on hand to give them actionable things they could do today so that tomorrow they’ll be ready for that paperwork or filling out that application,” said Carroll.
Local businesses and higher education programs were present as well.
We’re told it’s important for companies to participate in events like this, as it shows community involvement and investment in the youth. “A lot of these students are staying in our area and there’s a lot of good jobs. Dixon has lots of great jobs and we want to make sure that these kids get the opportunity to find a good job with a good company,” said Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for the Dixon Group’s Dan Lessard.
Organizers say they’ve been with these students for the last 4 years and they’ve watched them grown right in front of their eyes. They add this bridge activity was to get them ready for that next step and they are excited to see what the future holds for them.
“The program all around has help me a lot. It prepared me a lot because I didn’t know anything about college,” said Cambridge-South Dorchester High School Graduate Bry’Asia Johnson.
“So personally for me it made me feel like I’m not alone and it definitely helped me narrow down my options,” said Wicomico High School Graduate Aniya Brinson.
Organization leaders also say the goal of the day wasn’t just to give students information in their hands, but to put the resources in front of them.
Maryland Business Roundtable for Education currently serves around 1,900 student in six high schools across five counties.