On October 3, thirty-two recruiters set up at the C-EB High School for the Annual SD Planning Days Fair hosted in partnership with the Council on College Admission in South Dakota.
Students from Dupree, Faith, and Tiospaye Topa joined the juniors and seniors of C-EB to visit with recruiters about their post high planning goals.
C-EB had 89 students attend the event and positive feedback was received from many of them.
Jessica Dennis was appreciative of the opportunity and stated, “I wasn’t planning on going to college, but going around today made me realize that there is a college out there that could be right for me.”
Some juniors wondered why they would begin thinking about post-secondary education two years before graduation, and others wondered why they were not exposed to the event and idea sooner.
In one C-EB American Literature class, many students said the event made them understand the importance of their overall GPA in a way they did not think about it before.
C-EB Counselor Jill Kessler, in an informal survey of students, learned that many students thought exposure at the sophomore level, and maybe even the freshman level, could have made a difference in their approach to classes and the grades they earn.
Many students said they are unsure what they want to study, and so thought looking for a college or two-year tech school was pointless, but Kessler explained that exploring the possibilities now will still save time and money later, and help students be closer to making a decision when they graduate than if they wait and start the process after they graduate.
Kessler and other C-EB staff members are working on a plan to expose C-EB students to the difference between two-year and four-year schools, and helping students understand that no one type of post-graduate education is better than the other.
Rather, each kind of education serves the purposes of the type of degree sought.
Four-year and two-year degrees can both lead to well-paid or lower paid careers, but jobs requiring no post-graduate training almost always pay less than jobs that require educational class time after high school. Overall students saw the event as helpful in planning their futures.