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NexTech Lansing launches virtual NexStep Career Days initiative

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Posted at 8:48 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 09:56:27-04

LANSING, Mich. — As an innovative way for students to connect with professionals in not-your-average-career fields, NexTech High School of [nextechhigh.org] Lansing is launching NexStep Career Days. Each NexStep Career Day will feature a different professional who will provide insight into their career virtually for NexTech Lansing students.

While students may not be able to attend in-person career fairs or job-shadowing events, NexTech Lansing is determined to use this time to help their students explore different options for their futures, including “nontraditional” careers that interest students such as illustrators, bloggers and more, with a few engineers and accountants mixed in. By leveraging the digital environment, NexTech Lansing is helping to continue students’ career exploration from their homes.

“Taking care of our students’ social and emotional health has been my biggest priority,” said School Leader and Principal Jamie DeWitt, “And that doesn’t just mean stress and anxiety. They need new experiences that help them look to the future in an uplifting and hopeful way. Our Career Days will do just that.”

The first NexStep Career Day will take place on Thursday, April 30 and will feature Sara Pulver, a local multimedia artist. She is the owner, designer, and all around stationery lady behind Dear Ollie [dearollie.com], a lettering and illustration studio.

Future NexStep Career Days will include everything ranging from artists and engineers to cosmetologists and bloggers. Each will present information about their career field, as well as sharing a bit about their personal career journey, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact.

“We need to get over our preconceived notions and, frankly, stereotypes that the careers students want are unattainable or they can’t make a living,” said DeWitt. “It’s an old fashioned notion, and it’s not true. We need to show them they can be a cartoonist or a robotics engineer, a gamer or a barber. There are so many more options out there than students realize, and we can show them just what they can be.”

The virtual NexStep Career Days will be held for NexTech Lansing students to attend live, but will also be recorded and posted to NexTech Lansing’s Facebook page so community members and students at other schools can view them.

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