Students use program to map their futures

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Carlton Comprehensive High School students Jeremy Custer, Carson Cayer, Keanna McNabb and Michelle Paul, from left, are seen with the My Blueprint website, which they’ve used to help plan their futures. 

Wading through the sometimes daunting task of getting students to map their futures, guidance counsellor Rachelle Kraus found help with a computer program.

 

Put into place throughout the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division last school year, this is the first full year of using the My Blueprint program, which she said has helped students do what the program’s name implies -- blueprint their futures.

“My Blueprint is a vehicle for students to get to know who they are, to feel comfortable with who they are and then set up a direction in life that fits with who they are and what they want to do,” the Carlton Comprehensive High School counsellor explained.

“Before we plan where we’re going we have to find out who we are first, and we have to feel good about who we are, because then we selected something that’s a mirror to us and it’s just a fit.”

The program includes a handful of facets, including resumé building and goal setting, but the most in depth is its planning component.

Listing the requirements for different post-secondary programs, students know from the get-go what high school courses they need to complete, where they can receive the post-secondary training they need and what tuition will cost.

Taking a keen interest in sciences, Grade 12 student Michelle Paul is well on her way toward becoming a biotechnologist.

“I found that through high school I’ve been really interested in the sciences, so that’s really helped,” she said.

Plugging her interests into My Blueprint she was given a list of potential career paths, opening he eyes up to biotechnology.

“I can see exactly what programs in science there are -- so it’s not just a lab technician or those ones you always hear about, it’s more of a unique perspective.”

My Blueprint is a vehicle for students to get to know who they are, to feel comfortable with who they are and then set up a direction in life that fits with who they are and what they want to do Rachelle Kraus

She’s been conditionally accepted to study university-level courses at the local SIAST Woodland Campus and will begin a university level English course offered at her school on Monday.

Plugging her interests into My Blueprint, Grade 12 student Keanna McNabb received reassurance that she’d picked the right career path for her.

With plans of becoming a sports physician, she plans on going to university in Tampa, Fla.

Grade 11 student Jeremy Custer hopes to become a physician specializing in cardiology and Grade 12 student Carson Cayer hopes to become an EMT or paramedic.

“Every day is different and you get to help people every day,” Cayer explained.

Both students used My Blueprint to make sure they were on the correct path in order to reach their final goal.

The entire Carlton Comprehensive High School student body is supposed to be on the My Blueprint program, Kraus said, noting that various teachers have already started to incorporate the program into their curriculums.

“The idea is that career education is actually a cross-curricular item,” she explained.

“As a school and a school division we want what’s best for students and we’re hoping we will empower them to find their way.”

Organizations: Carlton Comprehensive High School, Saskatchewan Rivers School Division

Geographic location: Tampa, Fla.

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