WAHS tapped for Student Paths program for aiding life decisions

Warren Area High School has partnered with Student Paths, a national organization that provides resources to help students prepare for life after high school.

Edinboro University selected WAHS as one of ten high schools to receive Student Paths’ college, career and life readiness materials at no cost.

The program meets both the American School Counselors’ Association and Common Core standards, and allows each high school to implement the resources to fit individual schools’ structures. It is currently up and running in the WAHS Language Arts class, according to Jeff Flickner, school principal.

The materials include articles written by 18- to 25-year-olds, presenting their personal experiences and perspectives to high school students; and fall, winter and spring publications containing topics such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, military careers, industry internships and more.

Flickner said the publications are “basically magazines, and the articles are written by college students containing insider advice, dos and don’ts, and hints to help students prepare.”

Also, 12 lesson plans that correspond to the publications are distributed to the participating high schools. Flickner said they contain study guides for teachers to use as they see fit.

In addition to the resources, WAHS will receive nearly $700 for participating. The money can be used for textbooks, field trips or any other educational resources.

The studentpath.com website states, “Our content (student materials as well as our lesson plans for teachers) help students figure out who they are, what options and choices they have after high school, how to prepare for their unique path and covers general life readiness skills.”

Students in grades 9 through 12 identify their skills, abilities, interests and needs; choose courses and activities to address the same; prepare academically in mathematics, logical reasoning, communications and literacy; and understand money and time management to accomplish their goals.

Edinboro and other participating colleges will have to wait on enrollment and drop-out numbers in the future to see results, although Flickner said the program includes an online survey.

Flickner said he attended a class that was using the program and the students seemed okay with it.

“It is something different than they are used to,” he said, adding that they are looking to run the program for at least the next three years.