Milton Hershey School Graduate Programs for Success Division Hosts Postsecondary Fair to Encourage Students to Explore Options
To encourage high school juniors to explore the range of opportunities available after high school, Milton Hershey School’s Graduate Programs for Success Division (GPS) hosted a postsecondary fair on Wednesday, March 16. Students participated in sessions with representatives from approximately 50 organizations, including colleges, trade schools, and organizations that offer diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships. The event also included military recruiters and employers.
Key components of the career readiness process are self-awareness and career awareness, and events like the Postsecondary Fair help students become more aware of the range of careers within various industries. At MHS, college and career counselors work closely with high school students to develop career preparation plans that align with students’ personalities, skills, and aptitudes to help them become future ready.
MHS junior Kyrie Sanchez visited with representatives from Wilkes University, Penn State, and Temple University, and would have liked to have had a chance to visit with others at the Postsecondary Fair. Based on her conversations with representatives, Kyrie said she figured out that she does not want to go to a large school.
“I will definitely keep Wilkes on my list of possible colleges to tour,” Kyrie said. “They had a great selection of majors that fit my interest, and they are a small school with an active local community.”
Beyond high school, GPS provides resources to MHS graduates as they pursue the career plans they created with their counselors. The Continuing Education Scholarship, accrued during high school, can be used for diploma and certificate programs, apprenticeships, two– and four-year degrees. In addition, higher education support specialists and a career support specialist are available to help guide graduates as they navigate short-term training programs, apprenticeships, trade school, the military, world of work, or college.