The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

January 30, 2014

Success 101 helps students prepare for future

JEFFERSON — In January, senior Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus students got a lesson in success. The program, called Success 101, is offered annually in January and teams students up with academic professionals along with members of the community to help prepare students for life after graduation. Organized by Anne Starcher, career education coordinator, the program runs for three days. On the first day of the presentation, A-Tech guidance counselor Cheryl Daubenspeck introduced the program and also gave students some practical advice on the process of preparing.

“I know that you have probably spent a lot of time listening to people, like your family, teachers and friends, on what to do and how to do things much of your life. Perhaps you’ve tuned some of this out over the years. Now is not the time to tune out advice from people that are trying to help you succeed. We have all made mistakes in our lives that we would like to help you avoid,” Daubenspeck said.

There was also an activity that helped students record some of their goals, but also plan out how those goals could be achieved and identify what would need to happen for them to consider themselves successful for each goal.

Ashley Seavey, a senior Public Safety student, said, “The discussion we had today with Mrs. Daubenspeck really helped us understand that even if we are a little nervous about the next part of our life, we need to try to listen to the advice our friends, family and teachers give to us and keep moving forward.”

On day two of Success 101, A-tech welcomed experts from the community to discuss real-world issues and opportunities with the students. Josh Baker from Glazier Insurance, Sgt. Jonathon Bennett from the United States Army, Barb Pascarella from Huntington Bank, Tony Orlando from Orlando’s Golden Dawn and Paula Raffenaud from Job Source worked with students and discussed issues they would be facing in the near future and offered advice on how to successfully navigate through the next phase of life.

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