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New Salem - April 2, 2008

Counselor’s Corner

Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School

Career Speakers!

Welding & Machining

Are you interested in making something new?
Are you interested in fixing things and making them as good or better than new?
Are you interested in a good paying job that has many career opportunities? If so, then you may want to consider welding and machining.

In March Kevin Schmitcke from Butler Machinery Co. made 2 presentations in Mr. Shawn Feiring’s Ag. Education III and IV classes. Mr. Schmitcke explained what circumstances and career decisions brought him to welding and machining. He also explained some of the pluses and minuses of this field of work.

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Kevin Schmitcke

Students had many questions related to welding and machining. Some of the questions Mr. Schmitcke was asked were:
What do you like best about your job?
What do you like least?
Where can I get a job if I become a welder?
How much money can I expect to make?

Mr. Schmitcke also brought some welding and machining samples with him. I was amazed at some of the things these welders and machinists do here in North Dakota. Some students below are holding some tools and some samples of work in the photo below.

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L-R Ty Kruger, Ethan Karch, Lexon Bachaus, & Kevin Schmitcke

Currently, Butler Machinery Co. cooperates with the North Dakota College of Science in providing students - in some career areas - an opportunity to attend NDSCS and then work at Butler Machinery Co. while they are pursing their college education.

Thanks to Kevin Schmitcke for taking time out of his busy schedule to share his thoughts, insights, and experiences with New Salem High School students. I know it makes a difference for students.

School Psychology

Interested in helping students from preschool through high school and older? Would you like to give tests; interpret the results of various tests; provide prevention, intervention, and consultation; work with a team to come up with a plan to help someone become successful in school and in life? If you do, then perhaps school psychology is an occupation for you to consider.

Julie Kost, school psychologist for Morton/Sioux County Special Education Unit, visited Mrs. Denice Morrell’s advanced biology class and Mr. Tyler VanderWal’s sociology class. She provided some good information into what it is like to work in the field of school psychology.

Mrs. Kost also provided insight as to what were some of the factors that influenced her career decision-making. She also steered us where we can find out more about school psychology at the National Association of School Psychologist’s website at Of course, all New Salem High School students have access to Choices Planner at Choices Planner provides a wealth of information on hundreds of occupations.

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Mrs. Julie Kost

Yes, Mrs. Kost even worked in Hawaii for a year and provided us with a brief view of life there. For those who receive training in occupations where there is a shortage of trained personnel, career opportunities may be available in many parts of the world.

Were glad she came back to North Dakota to have a family and raise her children. We agree North Dakota is a great place to raise children. It is also a great place to live.

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Mrs. Kost and the ITV network

Mrs. Kost also got to experience presenting via the ITV network. Mr. VanderWal does this everyday. So, sociology students at Mr. VanderWal’s other sites were able to benefit too.

Thanks to Julie Kost for giving of her time and effort in providing students and others with a glimpse of life as a school psychologist. Also thanks to Mrs. Morrell, Mr. Feiring, and Mr. VanderWal for having guest career speakers come into their classrooms. This provides our students with additional information which can help them in their career decision-making process.

If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!