Start building career skills in high school


Being in high school doesn’t mean you can’t get a headstart on your career. Several colleges and even companies provide opportunities such as internships, workshops, and career shadowing.

Renee Mead, a guidance counselor at Papillion-La Vista South High School in charge of academies and testing, explains that there are classes and activities at Metro Community College, UNO and UNL that progress careers. Most revolve around STEM and robotics.

Randy Stribley, teacher of manufacturing and robotics, explained, “During school, we have 24 students in the STEM Academy job shadows. This year over the summer that ranges for about 20 hours. Those are juniors, going-to-be seniors.”

UNL had much information on its website: “Students who have completed two or more years of their high school education and have an interest in architecture, landscape architecture or interior design are encouraged to apply.”

Most opportunities are for upperclassmen, but it makes for an early start to these careers.