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BCHS Seniors To Get Real-World Experience on Fridays
Angela Gray
Thursday, September 05, 2019

Battle Creek High School is proud to announce a new program that it is launching tomorrow, Friday, September 6, where the seniors will be outside of the school building. 

The Class of 2020 is the first to partake in this great opportunity that gives students a chance to be out in the real world, learning about occupations and career paths of their choosing. 

Fifteen seniors are enrolled in Fridays at Northeast courses at Northeast Community College, while sixteen others will be participating in various Work-Based Learning (WBL) activities outside of the school walls. 

Those taking a Fridays at Northeast course do not report to BCHS on Fridays; rather, they attend a college-credit course every Friday on the Northeast campus, working toward an actual degree program of their choosing. Many of these courses include classroom time as well as lab work.

Those participating in the new WBL program have been matched up with various businesses or persons in their chosen career field to intern or job-shadow on Fridays. Some students will remain at their sites all year long, while others may try a different career field or opportunity each nine weeks. These opportunities will give students a chance to explore possible career paths they have been interested in and will also provide them with hands-on experience in the setting itself. 

Both options are valuable experiences for the soon-to-be graduates of BCHS and provide a transition of sorts between high school and the real world. 

Battle Creek High offers this opportunity as part of its "School of Choice" initiative. We hope to provide our students opportunities that will prepare them for life after high school.