Most high school and career guidance counselor encourage students to attend a four year college. College has always been the career of choice for counselors to include in their curriculum. Trade school options have diminished or are no longer taught in the public school system. For decades popular classes such as home economics, wood shop and culinary arts were staples in school system planning books. The Economist reported that in June 2014, U.S. student loan debt exceeded $1.2 trillion with over 7 million debtors in default.
Capitalizing on the skills of after-school and summer school students that attend Brentwood Boys and Girls Club (BBGC), the second annual BBGC Entrepreneurial Career Day was held at their Northside location. Instructor Burdette Williams, Sr. and partner Clear Visions Consulting hosted the event to engage students to begin contemplating career goals prior to graduating high school to plan their future. Speakers included beauticians, grooms specialists, financial analyst, military personnel and nonprofit agencies. The diverse line-up of speakers provided motivational guidance inspiring the young adults to prepare for careers after college.
“Every student in high school will not attend college. We have to prepare students to understand that their hands, ideas or creative idea may be their gift and to use the gifts to secure their futures,” said Organizer Princess Booker.
Each speaker effortlessly educated the young teens about their fields of expertise. Speakers were candid and transparent on how they become successful in their business and the steps to take to become an entrepreneur. An alliance has been established between the Club and each represented business to continue mentoring the students before and after they graduate high school. “As an innovated artist I had to create my own lane by staying focused and dedicated in pursuit of my passions,” said Miller speaking to the BBGC students.