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New Salem - February 1, 2006

Counselor’s Corner


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

Explore Technical Education @ BSC
Bismarck State College is hosting an “Explore Technical Education @ BSC” on Wednesday February 15, 2006. This special event is designed to help interested juniors and seniors learn more about technical education programs available at BSC. Although Bismarck State College has many more programs, the specific technical education programs students can learn about that day are: agribusiness, auto collision, auto technology, carpentry, commercial art, electronics/telecommunications technology, engineering technology, industrial maintenance, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, hospitality management, lineworker, power plant technology, process plant technology, and welding.

Students have an opportunity to experience up to three technical education sessions that day. Registration can be done at https://merlin.bsc.nodak.edu/secure/techedday. Students who wish to attend need to complete a College Visitation Form that can be obtained from me or downloaded from the Career Planning section of the http://www.cplanning.org web site.

Summer Jobs & Scholarships In Medora
Last week I received information on 57 different types of jobs that are available through the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation in Medora for the summer of 2006. The positions vary in pay with entry-level positions ranging from $ 5.50 to $ 9.00. However, Chefs range from $ 9.00 to $ 15.00. Some of the positions are eligible to receive gratuities or incentive pay.
Positions have various age requirements. Some positions can be held by students who are as young as 14. In order to stay in a dormitory student employees must be at least 18 and the cost is $ 3.00 per night. Employee meals are $ 3.50 per meal.

The positions are categorized in various groups such as: outdoor positions, customer service positions, golf course positions, office support staff, food service, and management. Some that I would have found interesting when I was younger are: wrangler, golf player assistant, golf shop attendant, golf operations intern/pro, and ice cream parlor attendant. Humm, maybe I should reconsider this for myself.

The information I received with the application form states that positions are assigned when students arrive and that they do their best to assign each employee to one of their top job choices or to a position that is similar and of interest to the employee. When I called Wendy, the personnel director, she said it pays to apply early as some position assignments are made early.

Oh yes, up to twenty-five $ 500. Scholarships are awarded each year to seasonal employees who demonstrated outstanding work qualities, leadership and good character. In addition, six $ 1,500 scholarships are awarded to students attending either Minot State University or the University of North Dakota.

Working at Medora obviously isn't for everyone. However, if it is a job that you would enjoy doing such as taking care of horses, leading a trail ride, scooping ice cream, etc. and get paid for it with the chance at a scholarship, then checking further into summer employment at Medora may be for you.

Some students have picked up an application. If you or your students are interested, you can stop by my office for an application, go to http://www.medora.com, or call 1-800-MEDORA-1.

Expanding Your Horizons
The 27th Annual Expanding Your Horizons will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at North Dakota State University (NDSU). This event is held in cooperation with Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College, and the Veteran's Administration Hospital.

Expanding Your Horizons is a conference for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade young women. This program is an effort on developing career interests of junior high girls in mathematics and science related careers. The titles of the sessions that students can pick from sound very interesting. Some of the titles of the sessions are: Aeronautics - You Can Do Rocket Science; Fire the Laser; The Mathematics of Music; Journey to Mathmagic Land; Deciphering the Genetic Code; More Than Your Average Farm Animal; etc.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:40 p.m. There is a $ 10. registration fee that is due with the application. For more information, stop by my office for a brochure, or call Karen Murie at (701) 231-8638. Enrollment is limited to the first 600 applicants, so if you are interested apply soon. If you want to car pool, let me know and I will let you know who else would like to car pool.

For more information on financial aid, career information and links, please see my Career Planning website at http://cplanning.org. 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!