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April 23, 2017
by: Jackson Kloes, Writing Apprentice for Étude Studios

LTC offers IDEAS sophomores some Career Connections

The scent of curiosity loomed in the air, the eagerness of students was near palpable. Myself along with a crowd of other students arrived for the April 11 fieldtrip early, awaiting what educational opportunities this morning would bring us. This intrigue would carry our group of thirty-some sophomores to the photo-lined corridors of Lakeshore Technical College.

Sunglasses sat atop the rows upon rows of folding chairs, as a gift. Crowded in the assembly room of LTC, we patiently waited for the start, chatting about what we looked forward to most. Our conversations were put to a halt as two Acuity HR employees, whose company was one of several sponsors, opened with a poem about the exciting realm of the private sector. Focus quickly shifted to the conclusion brought on by the event director who dismissed us by career interest groups to our first session of soul-searching and hand raising.

I was off to room 147 for the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources session hosted by three enthusiastic men. An employee of the USDA, the first presenter introduced us to the world of government assistance and oversight in the realm of private farming. I couldn’t help but ponder how local farms have benefited from these programs as well as our environment. Following his presentation was a man who had traveled the nation with his fertilizer business. I had never in my life seen someone so energetic towards efficient farming; it was infectious.

Our session closed with an invigorating speech from a non-profit employee whose goal is to popularize urban farming in Sheboygan. With a shake of the hand he handed me a brochure for their organization and I was on my way. While I may have learned that farming isn’t for me, nonprofit work might be. On my walk through the hall I overheard another student gushing about the presentations we’d just seen, completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities this field held and that she would have to choose just one.  

Passing the IDEAS physics teacher, I exclaimed with a vigor not far from that of Bill Pullman in Independence Day, ”Non-profit work had never crossed my mind before, I’m definitely going to look into it more.”

Locking eyes with my next destination, the large lecture room filled with experts in performing arts and telecommunications, I felt my feet whisk my body across the halls of LTC. I plopped into my seat, game face on, ready to discuss everything from simple educational information to elaborations on the job experience. The highlight of this session would come in the form of a question-response from the local voice of Sheboygan radio as well as the Sheboygan Press Top Editor who stated that the best activities and classes to pursue in high school were forensics, drama club, creative writing, writing for publication, scriptwriting, and acting. All of these opportunities were offered at IDEAS. Never before have I felt such excitement and ardor to shoot my hand up high in the air to hear professionals gush over celebrities and other oddballs they had the pleasure of working with in their glamorous field of 21st-century journalism, radio, and film.

The bus ride home was filled with talk about the sessions we had witnessed and the multitude of aspirations that now seemed attainable.

“Career Connections plays an important role in the academic and career planning process for approximately 1400 Sheboygan County tenth graders each year. This career exploration event allows each student to attend two, 50-minute sessions from career representatives.” —from the Sheboygan County Chamber, business.sheboygan.org

 

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September 29, 2016
by: Zoe Farrell, Writing Intern, Étude Studios

IDEAS Juniors visit Education Fair at Lakeland

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Juniors at IDEAS Academy excitedly hopped onto the bus to visit Lakeland University for the Wisconsin Education Fair on Wednesday, September 28. The students were given a list of the nearly 100 colleges at the Fair and set loose to talk to representatives from and learn about colleges and other post-high school education opportunities in the Midwest area. The Fair helped students move farther along their path to college readiness and career plans. Students with no clue of what the future holds were granted inspiration that drove them to consider things they never had.

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May 18, 2016
by: Kayla Guelig

Junior at IDEAS Academy Will Attend the TEACH Pre-College Program

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Kayla Guelig, a junior at IDEAS Academy recently wrote a blog about her experiences tutoring kindergarten students through the SASD Youth-Tutoring-Youth Program (YTY). YTY supports students’ exploration of their future goals and helps them with post-secondary planning. In this follow-up blog, Kayla discusses the pre-college TEACH program that she will be attending in summer 2016.

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May 10, 2016
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

IDEAS Spring College Readiness sprouted a range of opportunity

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Recent weeks have been so busy I haven’t even had time to write about all that’s been happening in College Readiness at IDEAS Academy. Even as seniors wrap up their college admissions and scholarship materials, our school continues to work with them, and all of our students, to help them prepare and be ready for their futures. Here are some of the highlights.

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December 17, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

Something for Everyone: Advantages of Two-Year Colleges

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IDEAS Academy juniors learned about attending UW-Sheboygan Tuesday, Dec. 15, when Admissions Recruiter Milissa Kloida came to speak. She focused on the “big decisions” young people need to make about living, finances, and career.

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December 14, 2015
by: Sarah Williams, Étude Studios Writing Intern with Tad Phippen Wente

Juniors explore future options with Americorps

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Three volunteers from AmeriCorps visited IDEAS Academy juniors on November 11 to share their experiences. The students learned about what AmeriCorps is, the different options offered by AmeriCorps, and they heard stories from those who had gone through the program.

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December 11, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente, College Readiness Coordinator

Barbering and Cosmetology Programs Interest Students

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An energetic admissions leader, Amy Vieth, of Paul Mitchell the School in Green Bay, shared information and even candy with IDEAS Academy students when she visited November 11.

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October 14, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente and Sarah Williams

The Wisconsin Education Fair: Two Perspectives

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IDEAS College Readiness Coordinator and Student Writing Intern offer their experiences at the WEF, Wisconsin Education Fair, in September.

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April 17, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

Madison trip offers juniors a close look at college options

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IDEAS Academy Class of 2016 woke early for a day in Madison on April 15. First stop was the University of Wisconsin for a general overview and campus walking tour.

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May 31, 2013
by: Leah Morgan

Jacob Olmedo awarded $80,000 Kohler Foundation Scholarship

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Jacob was awarded the Kohler Foundation Scholarship at Exhibitions of Learning on Thursday, May 30.

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May 3, 2013
by: Tad Phippen Wente

IDEAS tours two Milwaukee colleges

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Thirty students spent a warm May 1 in Milwaukee as part of the IDEAS Academy’s college readiness program.

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November 13, 2012
by: Kavonteuna Goodlow, Etude Studios Publications Intern

College Readiness, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Trip

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Wednesday, November 7,2012 freshmen from IDEAS Academy along with a few upper classmen visited the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus to learn more about college

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November 13, 2012
by: Leah Morgan

Students take the ACT Plan

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The ACT Plan helps students and parents navigate preparations for college and beyond by measuring each student’s current academic development.

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