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Students Preparing for Nontraditional Fields Projects 2002-2003

Exploring Nontraditional Careers (ENC), Lake Area Vo-Tech Center, Devils Lake, ND
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Contact: Denise Wolf, Career Director 701-662-7650

Exploring Nontraditional Careers paired middle school and career instructors for the purpose of creating and providing a hands-on nontraditional career experience appropriate for middle school students. Lessons aligned with career and middle school curriculums, and were aimed at career awareness and exploration. Area middle school students were invited to participate. Peer mentoring/instruction by LAVTC students proved beneficial for the students and middle school participants.

Men Into Nursing, Lake Region State College, Devils Lake, ND
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Contact: Carolyn VanMackelberg, Project Coordinator 701-662-1600

The Men Into Nursing Project focused on recruitment and retention of nontraditional students in nursing. Recruitment activities included development of a "Men in Nursing" brochure, individual meetings with potential students, presentations at career fairs, poster and window displays, newspaper articles, and visits to health careers classes by the coordinator and male nursing students. Retention activities included policy discussions with healthcare facilities regarding nontraditional clinical students; assembling information on articulation of nursing programs within the university system; providing articles of interest on Men In Nursing in the Nursing Resource Room and on bulletin boards; networking with TRIO staff, instructors, Job Service and others with regard to issues facing nontraditional nursing students; and efforts at mentoring/support using an electronic format.

Technology Camp for Girls, Williston State College, Williston, ND
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Contact: Penny Powell, Project Coordinator. 1-888-863-9455

This weeklong camp for nontraditional students focused primarily on the IT area. Activities included dismantling and reassembling computers to proper working order, networking, programming, web design, moviemaker, flight simulator and career awareness and exploration. A female officer on the Narcotics Task Force spoke to the students about issues for persons in nontraditional careers.

Preparing Students for Nontraditional Careers, Minot Public Schools, Minot, ND
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Contact Pam Stroklund, CTE Director 701-857-4458

Minot Public Schools offered four opportunities:

  1. Diva Tech Day: mini-classes in automotive, welding, electronics, information technology, construction and agriculture for nontraditional students.
  2. Techsploration for Women in Education: nontraditional career and technical education activities for female teachers and certified staff. This project resulted in awareness of and advocacy for the value of nontraditional career and technical education by Minot Public School staff.
  3. Ms. Learn and Fix It: Home repair, car care, and basic maintenance instruction for single parents and displaced homemaker students in collaboration with the Minot Adult Learning Center.
  4. Techsploration Camp: Community partnership providing career awareness activities in science (energy, environment, research), technology and business entrepreneur areas, with activities involving math and/or business skills.

Dream Catchers at Work, Fort Totten Public School District #30, Ft. Totten, ND
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Contact: Elizabeth Nelson, CTE Director 701-766-1407

This project included use of technology to explore nontraditional careers, hands-on activities in construction technology, presentations and field trips. Students toured classes in auto mechanics, welding, construction technology, building maintenance and parts inventory.

Preparing Students for Nontraditional Careers, Grand Forks Public Schools, Grand Forks, ND
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Contact: Karen Axvig, Project Coordinator 701-746-2205 ext. 150

This project use multifaceted approaches to introduce students to nontraditional careers:

  1. Consortium students visited an Information Technology program at the high school level, and toured Northwest Technical College.
  2. Students toured business and industry sites, and participated in pre- and post-tour lessons related to nontraditional careers. They learned which secondary classes help prepare students for such careers.
  3. Exchange Program: Life Skills students switched classes with Technology Education students, participating in hands-on activities in the exchange classroom. Students completed questionnaires related to their learning experiences.
  4. High School CTE instructors visited 8th grade classrooms to expose students to the courses and career opportunities associated with CTE electives.
    The goals for this activity were to encourage gender balanced enrollments and to increase student awareness of the benefits of CTE classes.

Preparing Students for Nontraditional Careers, MSU-Bottineau
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Paula Berg, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, MSU-Bottineau 701-228-5451

This project consisted of a television advertising campaign touting the benefits of careers in Information Technology and focused on nontraditional enrollments. (partial funding)


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