Inside Education S19 Ep21 | Exploring Post-High School Options: Careers and College


On this edition
of Inside Education, careers
after high school that may not require
a college degree. Why fields
like construction are in such high demand.Plus, a duo of
school dedications.
That’s right, we have
two new elementary
school dedications
to take you to.
Then how students
are learning the art
of web design
and development
while still
in high school.
Plus we talk teacher
pipeline and the recent college
admissions scandal, and did you know
you can start registering your
child for next year? We’ll tell you how. Inside Education
starts right now. “The cornerstone
of education “is getting to know
a student first.”We want to make sure
that we’re supporting
families and students.“I think the community
should know “that their voice counts.”Our students have
all the potential
in the world.♪♪♪ Thank you so much
for joining us for this edition
of Inside Education. I’m your host,
Mitch Truswell. It’s getting to be
that time of year again, graduation season
is almost upon us, and there is a growing
number of businesses, educators and community
members that want high school graduates
to know that college is just one pathway
to a successful career. It is interesting
that most high-demand, high-paying careers
require education and training other than
a bachelor’s degree. The Corporation for
Public Broadcasting has launched a public
media initiative calledAmerican Graduate:
Getting to Work.
Vegas PBS is partnering
with schools and businesses
in the community to raise awareness and
change the narrative voice that insists
only a four-year degree is a worthy endeavor. Sandi Wachtel
has been reporting for American Graduate,
and Sandi, we’re talking about
preparing students for the new Nevada
workforce. (Sandi Wachtel)
American Graduate:
Getting to Work
is an initiative
designed to raise awareness in young
adults and the people who influence them
of the value of, and the educational
requirements for, high-demand,
skilled careers. The Governor’s Office
for Workforce Innovation for the New Nevada
projects thousands of openings for
example in the field of construction over
the next five years. Clark County School
District is partnering with local professionals
to reveal and break down barriers to building
this workforce. This collaborative team
is finding solutions to connect young
adults ages 16 to 24 to this high-paying,
high-demand career field
of construction.Reports from
the governor’s office
project 4,900
construction labor
openings alone over
the next five years.
My name is
Don Rodriguez. The name of our company
is Superior Builders. I’m a principal
commercial construction manager. Right now we’re feeling
a very tight pinch on labor,
construction people entering the job force. -My name
is Steven Haigh. I’ve been involved
in the construction industry since
I was 17 years old. Probably over the
last 10 or 12 years, we’ve seen a huge
decline in people coming into the industry,
especially youth. -I’m Bill Darcy. I’m the National Kitchen
and Bath Association chief executive officer. There’s been a labor
shortage for some time both in the professional
and skilled trades. (Craig Brockett)
Part of my job
is to connect students with resources
for career exploration and expose students
to opportunities they could have based
on their skill sets in those sectors.Craig Brockett,
Clark County
School District
work-based learning
administrator,
organized several
community events
affording young adults
the opportunity
to experience
the construction
industry firsthand.
With construction
in particular, we really want
to expose students to opportunities like
this, industry tours, that allow them to
explore the different facets of those
industry sectors. -I’m an assistant
superintendent. I’m now running crews. You need to make sure
they’re all successful in order to make the
project move forward.McCarthy Builders
partnered with CCSD
bringing 30 female
high school students
to tour construction of
the Las Vegas Stadium,
the new home for
the Raiders NFL team.
“That’s going to get
set into place over here “and kind of create
this whole span.” McCarthy Builders has
been a partner with CCSD for over 10 years. They’re a fantastic
partner in reaching out to us when these
opportunities arise. I really want to use
experiences like these industry
tours to allow them to understand what
is available for them when they get
out of school, what type of education
path they may need to take to get there, and understand there’s
a place for them inside these
industry sectors.In addition
to on-site tours,
three CCSD high
schools sent students
to the Kitchen and
Bath Industry show.
There students
participated
in a panel discussion
with industry experts
and toured the show.There’s a lot of jobs
in this industry that you need a
college degree to do, but there’s also a lot
of jobs in this industry that you don’t need
a college degree to do. -There’s not only
a demand right now for these jobs,
it’s a long cycle of jobs opening,
so I really hope that kids today have
a great experience and they look at NKBA
as a potential resource for them
to find jobs. They can use our jobs
portal down the road at NKPA.org/Jobs.CCSD collaborated
with OWINN,
the Governor’s Office
of Workforce Innovation
for the New Nevada,
to host the student
workforce
innovation summit.
(Shannon Isaacs)
We have about 400
students here today, so we have
a packed house. This is why we wanted
to hold the youth summit where students
have the opportunity to engage with employers
and engage with people who are teaching them
about how to build a resume and how to
prepare for interviews. Those are things
that we really want to help students with
today and our site, LifeWorksNV.org, is a great place
or resource you can go to. You can literally scroll
onto that resource, and you can see what field
you’re looking for.Industry leaders,
educators and parents
echo the message
to our young adults
about viable career
opportunities
in the field
of construction.
Simply having
your resume together and being prepared to talk
to a general contractor or a trade contractor
and show them you’re proactive,
that would be a great start
for any young person. -I would say
talk to your parents about what
you’re interested in. Do you like
to use creativity and use your hands? Do you want to work
in technology? Start really
thinking about it, have a plan
and modify your plan as your life evolves. -There’s lots
of opportunities out there
in our industry, good-paying career
opportunities. There’s no height
to where you can go. It’s just limited
by yourselves.For more information
on the American Graduate:
Getting to Work
initiative,
visit VegasPBS.org/
American-Graduate.
Mitch?
-Sandi, thank you. Another in-demand career
in Southern Nevada is teaching. The Clark County School
District is among many school districts
nationwide facing chronic teacher
shortages. That’s why CCSD is
partnering with Nevada State College and
its School of Education which is helping
to build the pipeline of future teachers. Joining us are
Dr. Shartriya Collier, associate dean at
the Nevada State College School of Education,
and also Ruben Serna, a junior pursuing
a degree in secondary education with
an emphasis in English. Welcome to both of you;
thank you for being here. (Both) Thank you, Mitch,
happy to be here. -Dr. Collier,
let’s start with you. I know that 90%
of the graduates from the School
of Education end up working in
Nevada K-12 schools. I know that’s music to
the ears of school districts around the state
and that’s great, but in your opinion,
let’s step back. Why has it been
so difficult to have an adequate
number of teachers? What’s the root
cause in your mind? (Dr. Shartriya Collier)
That’s a great question,
and I think that’s a question
we’re all asking. Nationwide as you said there’s a
teacher shortage. Teachers are down 35%
across the nation. There are lots
of variables, and I’m just going
to cover three. One of course is pay. You’ll see over
and over again when you turn on the news,
you’ll see teachers who are trying to
secure more funding. So I think that’s it. Two, I think there’s this
like negative narrative around teaching
that’s permeating again across
the nation. You have teachers
even telling people, “You don’t want
to go into teaching.” And three,
one thing I want to focus in on
is mentorship. I think what happens is
we get a lot of new teachers that come in
but they’re not provided the appropriate
amount of support. So what happens is
within that three-year period that we all know
teachers need that support so we can retain them,
they’re not getting that coaching and
mentorship they need. So as I said there
are many variables, but those I would
believe are some of our top three when
we think about it. -Okay. Well,
that makes sense and that’s a lot
of what we’ve heard in the past from
teachers themselves. I know there are
a couple of places in Southern Nevada
that, you know, I think UNLV has
a teaching program and CSN
has one I’m sure. Nevada State College,
what do you think makes your teaching at
the School of Education successful, the better
option, whatever? What would you say? -Well, first of all,
we are the only state college
in Nevada, so that in and of
itself makes us unique. Second of all, we have
several initiatives that I’m really proud of,
we’re really proud of. First is that we have
a teacher academy. We’re trying to
address the pipeline from different ends
of the pipeline. Our teacher academies,
we have four teacher academies
located at ECTA, SECTA, Liberty
and Mojave. These teacher academies
are very unique because they offer
dual credit programs where students can get
up to 30 credits of college coursework. The other part is
we’re exposing them early on to teaching. So from sophomore,
freshman and junior year, we’re exposing them
to the benefits of teaching as a career. So that’s
one part of it on one end
of our pipeline. We also on
the opposite end are one of
the first schools in Southern Nevada
to have a masters in speech language
pathology. We have 50 applicants
coming in this fall for part of our
speech language pathology program. We also have a wonderful
early childhood program we’re about to start. We also have a
bilingual endorsement. We also work in
partnership with CCSD for an ARL program. So as I said, we are on
all ends of the pipeline but again, what
makes us unique is we have small classes
and we have faculty who are truly
devoted to teaching. -Okay. Ruben,
let’s talk about you. What made you decide
to become a teacher? (Ruben Serna)
Well, there are
a few factors that went into
my decision. I feel one of the
biggest ones would be that most teachers will
tell you they either had multiple teachers
or a single teacher that really
inspired them and contributed
to their pursuit of wanting to pursue
an education career, and for me
that was the case. I studied in Mexico
for a while and I got to experience the
education system there as well as
I got to interact with teachers here
as well as in Mexico. I feel I got an
appreciation for both, and specifically
at Nevada State College, as Shartriya mentioned,
the campus is amazing. The classes
are a smaller size which is better
for my taste, and I decided to pursue
an education there because it was appropriate
at the moment. -Did you find that
you ran into that “Are you sure you want
to be a teacher,” something that Shartriya
mentioned a second ago? Did you run into that
a little bit or no? -Definitely. I had an English
class recently, and we were
discussing that. Teachers burn out within
the first three years, and to me that
was the first time I heard about this
and I got worried because, you know,
this is what I’m planning on studying. This is what my future
is going to look like but, you know, I chose
to put that aside and actually
look at the facts and look at
what we’re doing at Nevada State
College. In reality we’re doing
much more than that so teachers
don’t burn out within the
first three years. -Right. Before we go,
Shartriya, I’m kind of curious. From where you stand,
is there something– you mentioned mentorship
is very important, but is there something
we should be doing to get more people to look
at a career in education? -Absolutely. One of
the things we’re really focusing on
is what we call our “Why Teach”
campaign, and that campaign
is all about changing the narrative
around teaching. We’re focusing on
what are the benefits of teaching? The benefits
of teaching are one, you get to be
collaborative and you get to be
creative. My whole philosophy
behind teaching, which I used to share
with teacher candidates, is transform the world
one mind at a time. We’re encouraging our
students to use teaching as a tool to transform
their communities. We’re not focusing on
what are the extrinsic motivators for teaching
but what are the intrinsic motivators
for teaching, and we believe those
are really powerful. -Okay. Ruben,
we want to wish you the best of luck. You’re a junior now
or a senior? -I am a junior, yes,
I actually transferred from the College
of Southern Nevada. -Keep up the good work, and I guess we
need more teachers, so you keep up
the good work as well. -Thank you.
-Thanks to both of you. If you would like more
information about Nevada State College,
you can go to NSC.edu. Preparing students
for skill changes in the workforce
is one of the hallmarks of the Clark County
School District’s career and technical
education programs. CTE programs offer
students the skills to get a job right
out of high school if they choose
or to continue on with their studies at a two- or four-year
institution. In our continuing
look at the breadth of CTE programs
available within the School District,
we went to Southwest CTA where many students
are gaining the skills to design and develop
the websites of tomorrow. “Welcome. Come on in
and have a seat.”Denise Snow teaches
web design
and development
at Southwest CTA
to sophomores,
juniors and seniors.
“Business cards
and resumes, “two goals for today.”On this day her
students are working on
their capstone projects
that require students
to look ahead to their
future employability,
in this case their resume
and business cards.
“Use some of these. “Look at some
of these phrasings “and somehow add that
to beef up your resume.”Soon the students will
present their resumes
and other projects
to a team of industry
professionals who
will visit the class.
(Denise Snow)
They present
their group project that they’ve been
working on all year to the industry
professionals. They interview
with them, and they have the
opportunity to ask them questions about pay
and freelance.Most of the students
in this class plan
to go on to some sort
of higher education;
in fact, Shareen Basyari
has already decided
to pursue
a degree in biology
even though she’s
spent four years
in the web design
and development program.
(Shareen Basyari)
That doesn’t mean
that all the things I learned throughout
the past four years are redundant
or anything like that, because I learned
a lot about marketing and it’s overall
meaningful for a well-rounded
person.Shareen will take
her extensive web design
and graphic skills,
her coding skills
and other
experiences with her
no matter what
career she pursues.
Even though I want to be
in biology in college, from web design I’m able
to go into journalism, I can go into biology, I can go into
so many other things. It’s not condensed into
this one simple thing. I’m able to go into
so many other things, and if I was at
a regular high school, I’d be missing out
on so much.Anthony Calderon
is focused
on graphics and design
and has been
since before high school.His goal is to become
an illustrator.
(Anthony Calderon)
It was really easy
to come in here, and also I’ve learned
a lot of new things and a lot of
interesting things because of course
something as general as a website,
it’s pretty interesting to learn about what
actually goes into it. It’s more than
what you think.Anthony plans to
pursue a degree at UNLV,
and because of his four
years at Southwest CTA,
he’s already certified
in Adobe Photoshop
and carries
certifications
in graphic design,
web design
and development,
and social media.
Once they’re passionate
about something, you can’t hold them back.Beyond the basic skills,
instructor Snow
promotes a
collaborative style.
Students are encouraged
to work together
and to find the part
of the industry
they enjoy most.They get to
individualize it. If they decide
they really want to work on
the front end and making things
look better, they can work on
the front end as long as they
work with someone who can help them code
and they team up together and make
those skills work. Because when you’re
doing a website, it’s not just
one person. It’s a team of people,
so that’s what they’re learning
is teamwork and how to figure out
what they’re best at.In fact, many
of these students
are already
in the workforce.
With the skills
they’ve learned,
several students
work as freelancers
in the industry
as a part-time job.
Over the past
five years, Southwest CTA
has graduated about 175 students
in its web design and development program.If you would
like to learn more
about the many
different CTE programs
offered within
the School District,
go to
Magnet.CCSD.net.
Operation Varsity Blues: That’s the national
college admissions cheating scandal
where parents bribed or committed fraud
to ensure their children were accepted
to exclusive colleges and universities. With high-powered
business executives and high-profile
actresses involved, the story has garnered
a lot of attention. It’s also brought to light
how competitive the college admission
process can be. Joining us now
to talk about that is Herbie Walker with Walker College
Consultants. And see, I’m so out
of the loop on this, I didn’t even know there
were college consultants. (Herbie Walker)
Yes. College consultants,
our industry has been around
for at least 30 years. I’m a member of IECA,
which is the Independent Educational
Consultants Association, and we’re a certified
group of independent counselors focused on
college admissions. -And there are
only two of you with that certification
in Nevada. -Yes. According
to our IECA database, there’s two professional
level members in Nevada. -Well, we’re glad
you’re here. So I’m just going
to say I’m thinking the college admission
process has really changed since I went to college
a long time ago, really changed
in the last decade. Have you seen changes?
-Yes, there has been a tremendous
amount of change. The biggest and most
obvious is that colleges have become
more selective. The schools that
are at the very top, your Browns, Princetons
and Dartmouths, have gotten
to a single-digit acceptance rate,
and that means that they see thousands
of applications but they only
accept a handful. This makes,
as you can imagine, not just the students
but families nervous, and the last
10 or 20 years ago, it wasn’t this level
of competitive. So that’s something
we’re definitely seeing as well as affordability
becoming a factor. -So why are there
acceptance rates of like a single
percentage point? Is that because they–
why? They don’t have room
or they’re taking more of the
legacy students whose parents
attended that college? -Well, legacies always
count for a portion of the admissions pool,
and I would be lying to say they didn’t
receive a slight thump on their evaluation,
but what’s really happening is students
are really seeing the value in college,
and they’re applying to more colleges
so what you see is USC hit record admission
rates this year, more students
want to go there, and they only have so
many seats to go around and some folks
unfortunately don’t– they want a sure thing. -So did this scandal
surprise you? Were there parts of it
that surprised you? -Yes and no. What really surprised me
with the college admissions scandal
was the bribery level. When we found out there
were college admissions consultants that
were just taking straight cash
to finesse their way through the
application process, that is something
I haven’t seen. It’s not too unusual
to hear about okay, your dad
donated a building, or Dr. Dre for
example helped build a college in USC,
but what I say is the difference in that
is what Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine did,
they built a program for many students
to participate in. That’s not the same thing
as was happening here. This is not
preferential treatment. This is just straight
cash grab offers, so I was surprised
to see that. What was also kind of
not too surprising was the cheating
part of the SATs. That caught me
off guard. Internationally
we have seen that this has
been a problem. The college board for
example takes strenuous measures to make sure
that there isn’t cheating going on at
the international level, so to see that
happen domestically. -You’re wondering
how that could happen, and I’m hoping people
are looking at that. -Oh, they certainly are. They’re certainly
looking at that. -So let’s talk
about the advice you give to parents
and students. Aside from this scandal, they just want
to get into the– maybe they have
a preferred college or the best college
that they can. What do they need
to be thinking about, and when do they need
to be thinking about it? -Well, like they say
it’s never too early to think about college,
but the time window that it really
matters is going to be 9th to 11th grade,
and I’ll tell you why. From 9th to 11th grade
is where you build your foundation
of your GPA, so what I tell
my students when I’m working
with them is you have to be
very committed. Learn to become
a phenomenal student at the 9th to 11th
grade level because what happens senior year
is when you’re working with a counselor
like myself or your traditional
school counselor, they have to work with
what you present them. If you bring a transcript
with a weak GPA that’s around 2.5, there’s not too much
they can do. But if you’ve been
on top of it, you’re coming in
with a strong GPA, there’s a lot more
options available to you. -You said concentrate
on as many As and Bs in 9th, 10th and 11th
grade to help build what you’re doing
in your senior year. -Exactly. What I’ll
tell my students is listen, Algebra I,
I get it. It’s going to be a tough
class in 9th grade but it’s nothing
compared to calculus. If you end up having to
get a C in a math class, let it be calculus
and not algebra. Try to knock out
those early years and get the best
grades possible. -Quickly, I know you
work with the nonprofit Leaders in Training
and we love them, they’ve been
on this program. What advice do you
give those students, those students that are
maybe the first to go to college
in their family? What advice do
you give to them? -I love working with
Leaders in Training. I’ve been working
with Erica Mosca for years now;
it’s been more than six or seven years
at this point. When I give advice
to those students, I come in and
I’m teaching them not just about
the tricks of the trade. I’m talking to them
about how to become effective writers because
their personal statement is going to tell
their dynamic story. So I spend a lot of time
with them trying to craft the individual so
it shows well on paper. When those
admissions reps at those universities
are looking at the Leaders
in Training students, they know you got
a hard-working student who is very committed to
academics and education, and that’s where
I start with all of them. -Okay. Great information
that I don’t often hear, so I really appreciate
you being here today. Herbie Walker,
Walker College Consultants, we
appreciate your time. -Thank you. -Well, this school year
the School District opened four new
elementary schools, and now dedications
are underway.This month
District officials,
community members and
the school’s namesake,
Dr. Dennis Ortwein,
officially dedicated
Dennis Ortwein
Elementary School.
Dr. Ortwein
was a teacher
and administrator
for more than 30 years.
(Dr. Dennis Ortwein)
I think it’s one
of the greatest honors that anyone can have,
and it makes you think maybe you did
a few things right and at least
somebody thinks so.Ortwein Elementary
School is located
near Southern Highlandson Dean Martin Drive
and Cactus.
Another new
elementary school
also was recognized
this month
with an official
dedication.
Kenneth Divich
Elementary School
is named for a Korean War
veteran and teacher.
The school is located
on Donald Nelson Avenue
near North Hualapai
and Gilcrease Avenue
in the northwest valley.Before we go, we want
to let you know that online registration
for CCSD students for next school year
is now open. The 2019-2020 school year
will begin on August 12.Families new
to CCSD may begin
their registration
process online
via Register.CCSD.net.If your student
is currently enrolled,
simply complete
registration
using the Parent Portal
via Infinite Campus.
The process, we’re told,takes less
than five minutes.
That’s going to do it
for this edition of Inside Education. Parent, student,
staff member or taxpayer,
we all have a stake in the public
education system. A reminder that you
can watch this episode as well as past episodes
of Inside Education on the Vegas PBS website
or YouTube page. We hope to see you back
here in two weeks. ♪♪♪

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