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New Salem - March 11, 2009

Counselor’s Corner


By Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School Counselor’s Corner



Summer Career Academies!
Want to learn more about a specific occupation within a career area? If you do then it is time to consider some opportunities that are now available to register for the summer. These programs have limited enrollment and they are filled on a first come first served basis. To enroll in Auto Collision and Culinary Arts courses a student needs to be in either the 11th or 12th grade in the Fall of 2009. To enroll in the Fire Academy a student must be 16 years of age by June 1, 2009.

Auto Collision
When: May 27 – June 26, 2009
Where: Bismarck Technical Center

Students enrolled in this course will receive 1 high school credit from Bismarck Public Schools in Auto Collision. Each student will get a real feel and experience doing some auto body work alongside an experienced auto collision instructor. Whether one chooses auto collision for an occupation or not, participants will learn some techniques that will last a lifetime.
Mr. Richard Bahm is the instructor. Some of you may have listened to Mr. Bahm when he was a “Career Speaker” at New Salem High School 2 years ago.

Culinary Arts Academy
When: May 31 – June 12, 2009
Where: Bismarck High School

Students enrolled in this course will receive ˝ high school credit from Bismarck Public Schools. Pam Vukelic and Pam Moormann have offered this course each summer for many years. A few years ago I experienced first-hand the fruits of the students labors. Oh, it tastes so good!

Fire Academy of North Dakota
When: June 7-14, 2009
Where: Fire Academy of North Dakota
Medina, North Dakota
Cost: $ 250. Per student that includes room & board.
Who: Must be 16 by June 1st, 2009.

This will be an exciting and realistic experience. Students will wear heavy-duty safety gear, including protective clothing and air packs. Darrel Graf and Rocky Brown are the instructors.

Since January I’ve been in the classrooms and helped students with this year’s Career Outlook. One of the sections in the Career Outlook is the “Career Clusters Interest Survey.” If one of these 3 occupations showed up within your career clusters, I recommend you consider one of these summer opportunities.

I’ve had information on these 3 career academies on the bulletin board outside my office for the past 3 weeks. Students are free to stop by and see me for a brochure. Because I’m only at the school 2 days a week, students (or parents) can also take a brochure off of my bulletin board located in the high school commons.

To get more information or to register for one of the career academies, contact Connie Grause at (701) 224-5433 or e-mail her at connie_grause@bismarckschools.org.

If you have any questions on financial aid, career and other counseling issues, please contact me at New Salem High School at 843-7610. If something urgent comes up I can be reached at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent Academic Day!