Group share ideas on teen motivation |

Group share ideas on teen motivation

Lee Harstad

Attempting to gain more community involvement in educating Moffat County students, School-to-Career, the Colorado Workforce Center and the Craig Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to provide an informational luncheon for community members, businesses and parents. The meeting will provide information on how to better motivate students for the future.

The luncheon will be Dec. 8. Speaking at the luncheon will be Carol Parker of the School-to-Career Partnership program in the Montrose/Olathe School District. Parker, who has served on the Garfield School District Board of Education and has 18 years experience in the ranching business, has led a successful School-to-Career program in Montrose/Olathe. She will share her wisdom in motivating students and preparing for the future for both education and business.

A statewide survey of Colorado graduating classes of 1999 by the Colorado School-to-Career Regional Resource Survey showed 65 percent of students admitted to being bored in school at least half the time. Sixty-four and 1/2 percent of seniors in Moffat County said they are motivated to learn when class instruction includes solving real-life problems and 73.6 percent are motivated when lessons include hands-on activities.

According to School-to-Career Partnership officials in Moffat County, students are motivated to learn when they are given opportunities to apply what they learn.

Moffat County School-to-Career Coordinator Jeannie Thornberry, hopes the luncheon sparks an interest with community businesses and allows Moffat County students a chance to gain work-related experiences. These experiences include job shadowing and mentorships, internships or apprentice programs connected to a class or school.

“We need participation from a full community (for this to work),” Thornberry said. “We hope businesses and the educational system will work together.”

According to Thornberry, the School-to-Career Partnership program began after employers said they were not getting what they needed from employees. Being able to teach job-related skills during school would help both students and businesses for the future. Studies show students with career experiences are more likely to go on to some type of post-secondary education, select a college based on career area of interest and select a college major before entering college. According to School-to-Career officials, students participating in such activities are more likely to be excited about their future and less bored in school.

To register for the free luncheon, call Thornberry or Kandy Kropinak at 824-3246.