A new BCEF-sponsored program at BHS will be piloted this year, coordinated by principal Andy Allen and the two guidance counselors, Arika Burck and Jen Steinkamp. A number of BHS students will be identified to participate in a career pathway assessment program. While BHS is funding the cost of the administration of the assessment tool, BCEF has agreed to sponsor follow-up small group sessions for these students with a certified professional who will help provide information useful in making informed post-graduation plans, based on their assessment results.
According to BCEF board president Jama Linkel-Cleghorn, the job fair BCEF hosted for BHS students with some of its corporate sponsors last May was just the beginning of a broadened BCEF effort to help students while assisting employers in meeting critical local employment needs. As the education foundation, the BCEF board thinks that we need to be a driving force to ensure that our students are succeeding not only while in school, but after graduation as well. Providing them with guidance about their practical skills, personality attributes, strengths, and communication styles is a way to help them narrow their focus and perhaps even match them with a local employer where applicable.