On May 7, 2008, BDS staff was on hand at an Open Meadows Career Connections Training program where we did a presentation on all of the available careers at the bureau and provided students with an overview of our chosen personal career paths.
The Career Connections Training is a 5-week intensive exposure opportunity for 18-24 year olds looking to begin professional careers. This program is the first step for youth to begin a 3-year career development relationship with Career Connections. Open Meadow Coordinators Sarah Lechner and Lee Ann Lawrence put on the training.
As we began the personal introductions and why we chose our careers, student Jeremy Shropshire said, “I haven’t found my passion yet”. Our entire staff laughed and agreed that many of us are still trying to find our passion, but in the meantime we enjoy our work at the bureau. In addition, BDS Trainees Lamar Ellis and Viktor Palchey did a wonderful job sharing their experiences working for the bureau and encouraged the students to look this way for future employment.
As we talked about the various careers, student Josh Shropshire asked many questions of all of us and expressed interest in possibly job shadowing at the bureau. All of the students seemed to be very enthusiastic and eager to begin their careers.
It was a pleasure to participate in this training program and we look forward to partnering with Open Meadows for this summer’s training program. I would like to thank BDS staff: Kareen Perkins, Martha Shoyna, Lisa Buellesbach, Stacey Castleberry, Jeff Eldredge, Anne Hill, Adrienne Edwards, Lamar Kelsaw and Viktor Palchey for delivering great information and a positive message to the students.
For more information, contact Outreach Program Coordinator Tiffani Penson at (503) 823-1109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.