Incoming JHS Freshmen Hear About Potential Career Paths


Early College High School (ECHS) students at Jamestown High School had the opportunity this summer to participate in an academic orientation at Jamestown Community College. This summer experience helped students understand college-level academic expectations and familiarize themselves with the JCC campus. During this time, they participated in a variety of team building activities and were able to hear from speakers about the career paths they want to pursue. Recently, the group heard from Kristopher Winkler of LaBella Associates, a Design Professional Corporation, who brought design plans for the new Buffalo Bills Stadium to discuss the project and the wide range of engineering paths students could take. Other guests this summer included: Jade Barber of JCC, who prepared the children for the college application process; Adam Gould, also from JCC, discussing the academic and professional paths of web design; and Mathew Mancuso and Alex Miller of Cummins Engine, discussing engineering.

ECHS Grant Coordinator Laura Livengood says, “The Early College High School Grant helps students who are typically underrepresented in college to get a head start on some college courses and earn a minimum from 24 but up to 35 college credits while still in high school. The grant provides additional support for students, such as tutoring, mentoring, job shadowing opportunities, and exposure to academic and career paths through guest speakers and college field trips. »

The ECHS grant provides JHS cohorts of 25-30 students with a chosen path in web design, engineering science, or environmental science. As part of this partnership, JCC offers summer experiences for students, as well as courses that students will take both in high school and on campus. ECHS students must take at least three courses on the JCC campus, the cost of which is covered by the scholarship. Throughout high school, students are supported by Ms. Livengood as they learn to navigate the college experience. Students who choose to continue at JCC after graduation can take advantage of pathways that can lead to a transfer to a four-year college.

New JHS freshmen Preston Sperry, Sophia Mangabang and Antonio Cruz-Vazquez work on a team building activity after hearing from Kris Winkler of LaBella Associates. Photo by Jamestown Public Schools


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