by Sam Abbas | staff writer
Whether it’s taking the SAT and ACT, researching various universities, or getting involved in an off-campus organization, there are several ways in which students can prepare themselves for life after high school- even if they are unsure as to what this future may entail.
“If they’re planning on going to a college and attending a four year university, or even a community college, most pre ap and AP classes will prepare them for the curriculum and material and the structure that they’ll need for college,” counselor Rebecca Hudkins said.
There are currently a variety of courses, such as Clinical Rotation, Ready, Set, Teach, the Automotive Technology Academy, and more, in which students can discover what area of study they are interested in pursuing, and how the skills learned in these courses can be applied after high school.
“For example if you’re interested in being in the medical field, most kids will take the clinical rotation classes and some other medical classes. It will give them a basic understanding of what they’re getting into.There is also an automotive program some students opt to do because they want to be a mechanic in the future. It helps them lean towards the career they want to do,” Hudkins said.
And what the campus offers right now is just a sample of the many courses that are even available that incorporate real world learning and skills.
“If we could add a culinary program to Johnson, it would be very beneficial to students who would like to learn more about cooking. I think there are kids out there who want to work at restaurants and become chefs who this program would be beneficial towards,” Hudkins said.
These courses are designed to prepare students for the future and help them get a better understanding of what school will be like in the future and give student’s ideas of what they could do in the future.
“I am taking all pre ap and AP classes to help prepare me for college. I also like acting and performing arts, so I’m taking theatre and hopefully it can help me go further in college and hopefully give me some job opportunities,” sophomore Josh Johnson said.