High School U program exposing students to off the wall job fields

News 12 This Morning

September 18, 2013

(WRDW)--As a high school junior, Mac Walash-Hallman is feeling the pressure in deciding what path to take after high school.

"Oh yeah, it's definitely an issue," he said.

Luckily for Mac, he's got an idea of what he wants to do--

"I'd like to be an environmental engineer,"he explained.

But, many of his peers aren't as sure about their future, which is why Dr. Andrew Kemp, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Georgia Regents University started the High School U program.

It partners volunteer professors at GRU with high school classes to talk about their field and help students make the decision about what's next.

38:51 "You know, when you get into college, that very easily might change. I had seven majors in my first three years of college, but it's because I really didn't know what I wanted to do," said Kemp.

The program aims to broaden students minds and expose them to different types of fields they can go in to.

"A lot of high school students think that school as being math, science, English, social studies and we have people here that are ophthalmologists and psychologists and music therapists," Kemp explained.

The first batch of student participants are at the Academy of Richmond County.

"We like the idea that we're exposing students to subjects that they might not otherwise come into contact with as a result of this program and partnership," explained Kenneth Johnson Jr., International Baccalaureate Dean at the Academy.

Students there get the program every other day for 10 days. Next month, it expands to two Columbia County high schools.

"The key is we can adapt this to whatever the school's needs are," Kemp explained.

And Mac says, although he's got an idea bout his future, he's glad he and his classmates get the opportunity to be exposed to so many different fields.

"I think that's a great idea. Definitely, there's some interest in the class," he said. "Definitely, opens some doors for people. If they're interested in this then they might want to look into it some more."

This program is something parents, teachers and students can bring to any school. If you're wanting to participate, just email Andrew Kemp, Ph.D at AKemp4@gru.edu


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