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Preparing All Students for Their Futures

Join us in helping all Kent School District students explore future college and career pathways during DiscoverU Week October 12-16 and all year long! Participate in virtual theme day activities throughout the week and share your photos with us on social media!

Participate in Theme Days & Share Your Photos!

Monday, October 12: Discover Local Jobs

From technology to healthcare to aerospace, our local sectors are growing. To kick off DiscoverU 2020, let’s introduce our students to the career possibilities in our region. Connect students with local young professionals from different career fields, share facts about the types of jobs that are growing and available, and help them learn about local employers.

Tuesday, October 13: Lead Your Community

Nonprofit and public sector jobs can be rewarding career paths, but our students don’t often have the opportunity to learn about them. Today, students can explore ways that their future career paths can help them positively impact the communities they live in, participate in meaningful work, and create a better world.

Watch a video message from Kent Mayor Dana Ralph.

Wednesday, October 14: Classroom to Career

Educators and parents, this is your chance to dive into a question that students often ask during lessons or while doing homework: “Why do I need to learn this?” Show students how what they’re learning can be applied to future careers. For example, if they are currently taking algebra, you might want to demonstrate how it is used in carpentry, business, or engineering. Also, it’s important to describe how educational pathways can lead to a particular job. Suggestion: feature one career each day of the week, or even the rest of the school year!

Thursday, October 15: College Gear Day

Promote a college-going culture today by wearing your school’s gear and sharing your college experience! What school(s) did you go to? What did you study? What were your favorite college memories? Did you live at home or on campus? How did you pay for college? Let students know about the various education paths they could take, including technical training programs, apprenticeships, or two-year colleges. For older students, use this opportunity to focus on aspects of the college-going process like applying for financial aid or talking to them about the transition beyond high school.

Friday, October 16: Flash Forward Friday

It’s the last day of DiscoverU 2020, and today you can help students transport themselves into the future and envision where they want to be. Students can create time capsules, write letters to their future selves, or pose in a Flash Forward Friday virtual photo booth. We want to see what the region’s students have in mind for their very bright futures!

Class of 2021

Check your email for information about a fun drive-thru event on Friday for seniors only!

Can't make it to the event? Check out our College & Career Readiness section for more information and helpful resources.