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New Salem - April 5, 2006

Counselor’s Corner

Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
New Salem & Hebron High Schools

Career Development Advisory Committee
The next meeting of the New Salem, Hebron, and Glen Ullin Career Development Advisory Committee is Wednesday, April 12th. Current Career Development Advisory Committee members from New Salem are:
• Kendra Thompson • Billy Kalvoda
• Brekka Thompson • Bryce Tellmann
• Ron Schulz • Keith Jacobson
• Robin Doll • Roger Klemisch
• Gaylynn Becker.

Some of the students at last fall’s Career Development Advisory Committee Meeting recommended having “Career Fairs” like we did 3 and 4 years ago. Well, the I-94 School To Work Consortium did those “Career Fairs” as a project. Federal School-To-Work funding has been eliminated and this no longer a possibility. So, what I plan on doing is simply arrange for people to come to Hebron High School and speak about occupations in which students are interested. Actually, under this new system students will have an opportunity to listen to a total of 36 career speakers or more during their 4 years at New Salem High School.

As a result, I surveyed all of the 9th - 12th grade students. I’ve tabulated the results and we will use the results in deciding which career speakers we ask to come to New Salem High School to speak about their occupations and things that have influenced their career paths. I also ask the guest speakers to recommend what students do and consider if they are interested in the same or a similar occupation.

If you have any feedback regarding the career development program at New Salem High School, please either contact one of the committee members or me. Thanks much to each Career Development Advisory Committee member.

Career Speakers
During the past few months we have had 5 guest career speakers in to speak at New Salem High School. We arrange for these speakers to present in a teacher’s classroom that is related to a specific course content area. Students in those classes will then get to listen to the speaker during class. Other students in grades 9-12 have an opportunity to listen to these speakers as well by registering on a sign-up sheet with Mrs. Becker in the office.

Thanks to Chris Messer (highway patrol), Dr. Margo Kunz (veterinarian), Dr. Carolyn Hammer (equine studies & related areas), Donna Fricke (Tech Prep), and Rae Schobinger (Burdick Job Corps Center – Minot) for agreeing to take time out of their busy work schedule to come to New Salem High School. We appreciate your time and effort in sharing your career path and things that influenced your career decisions. These will have positive effects on our students.

Thanks also to the classroom teachers Mr. Shawn Feiring, Mrs. Tammy Gilstad, Mrs. Denice Morrell, and Mr. Tyler VanderWal for their cooperation in this great career development experience for our students.

Career Survey Results
Although no one indicated they were interested in becoming a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker, there was a great deal of interest in many other areas including a chef. Here are some of the results of the 9th – 12th grade career survey recently conducted at New Salem High school: artist/graphic designer; diesel technology (mechanic); photographer; criminal justice; nurse; physical therapy; veterinarian/veterinary assistant; psychologist; auto body repair; chef; interior designer; computer programmer; massage therapist; athletic coach; firefighter; business administration; welder; social worker, athletic trainer; police/highway patrol; lawyer; high school teacher; architect; and auto technology (mechanic).

I will meet with my student Career Development Advisory Committee members to decide which career speakers to try to get to come into our school and share information about their career path and things that influenced their career decision-making. Thanks to the students for completing the survey and to my committee members for their assistance.

For more information on financial aid, career information and links, please see my Career Planning website at If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at New Salem High School at 843-7610, at Hebron High School at 878-4442, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!