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9-16-21 — Careers on Wheels Brings Fourth Graders Together

Sept. 16, 2021 ~ On a beautiful September afternoon, more than 1,000 fourth graders had the opportunity to experience Careers on Wheels, at the College Boulevard Activities Center. They had the chance to explore a wide variety of career choices by talking to representatives from nearly 50 area businesses, and students from the Olathe Advanced Technical Center and 21st Century Academies. They also got to see the equipment or vehicles these careers use on a daily basis. Half of the district’s elementary schools send their fourth graders to this important event in the fall, and the other half will attend in the spring.

Students learn what education or training is required for that career, the skills and traits needed to do the job, and what a typical day on the job might involve.

“Our goal in elementary school is to help students dream about future careers and start to recognize how their individual strengths can translate into learning experiences in high school and careers in adulthood,” said School Counseling and College & Career Readiness Coordinator Alicia Jackson. “We also hope to help our fourth graders make connections with the value that all work has in our community, which is why it is so important for us to work with all local partners and businesses.”