From Nov. 7 to Nov. 14, Joliet Central High School’s Academy Coordinator Mike Lutz and librarian David Jones hosted Academy Preview Days for Joliet Central students featuring guest speakers and academy elective teachers in human services careers and arts and communication careers.
On Nov. 7, the following guests shared their experiences working in human services:
• Education: Frank Perucca, assistant regional superintendent, retiree
• Public Safety: John Allen, police sheriff (Joliet Central alumnus)
• Public Safety: Marc Futterer, firefighter (Joliet Central alumnus)
• Social Services: Lorraine Neumayer Guererro, counselor/social worker (Joliet Central alumna)
• Social Services: Deb Clark, day care provider
• Government: Jake Gancarczyk, lawyer
On Nov. 13, the following arts and communications professionals shared their stories:
• Performing arts: JoEllen Slowik, theater manager actor, Lewis University
• Visual arts: Daniel O’Connor, photography
• Visual arts: Kesha Tate, graphic designer
• Visual arts: Karen Drew, fashion designer (Joliet Central alumna)
• Media and communications: Steve Vanisko, publisher, Joliet Herald News, sports
• Media and communications: Isabel Gloria, communications specialist
On the first Academy Preview Day, teachers brought down their class to the library media center, approximately 500 students were able to ask one-on-one questions with the person of their choice related to the future career the student is interested in exploring.
On the second Academy Preview Day, teachers who sponsor clubs or teach electives within the academy set up tables to talk to students about the benefits of their clubs or electives. Approximately 250 students visited during their advisories.
About JTHS Academies: JTHS Career Academies increase student achievement by organizing students into five career-focused small learning communities that offer a personalized learning environment within a large school setting.
In the JTHS Career Academies, students receive an individualized education relevant to their career interests. Teams of teachers work together to prepare interdisciplinary lessons that relate to each academy’s pathway.
Students are provided with a rigorous and relevant curriculum that integrates course content and technology skills in alignment to the Common Core State Standards, College and Career Readiness Standards.
For information, visit www.jths.org/academics/academies.