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IB Career-related Programme students present Reflective Projects
Posted 02/21/2018 03:37PM

Members of the first graduating class of Fridley High School’s International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (CP) presented their culminating program projects on February 8, 2018. The inaugural celebration was held to honor the two seniors who completed their Reflective Projects. Seniors Justin Anderson and Jozefa Vescio Schreiner (pictured right with Career & Technical Education Teacher Michelle Miner) are the first students to complete the program at Fridley High School since the school earned CP authorization in 2016. Both Justin and Jozefa are on the Information Technology Career Pathway, one of the two CP pathways that Fridley High School offers.

The CP is a framework of international education which aims to prepare students to be career-ready upon graduation. CP coursework is designed to build knowledgeable and highly-skilled workers and offers an opportunity to become certified in a specialized skill. Fridley High School currently offers two CP pathways, Information Technology and Emergency Medical Technician/Emergency Medical Responder (EMT/EMR).

The Reflective Project is the culminating piece of work for CP students. Within their chosen career field, students take components learned in their CP pathway and core courses to identify and analyze an ethical dilemma found in a respective industry. The project allows students to think critically and creatively to further explore different perspectives, as well as consider potential solutions to problems they may have to face in the future.

“The Reflective Project is an opportunity for our students to dig deep into issues in their chosen career field,” Career & Technical Education teacher Michelle Miner said. “They look at all the different sides, how does the issue identified affect our local community? How does it impact the worldwide community? It’s a fun project because there really is no right answer, but its teaching our students to look into ethics and how to solve ethical issues.”

Miner said teaching these skills is important in this day and age. “Since our world is so full of instant information, and not necessarily truthful information, this is helping our students to work through and think about what is right and wrong,” Miner said.

Both Justin and Jozefa are planning to complete a two-year computer engineering/computer science program at Hennepin Technical College upon graduation. With the valuable hands-on skills that they have gained from CP, both are confident in their abilities and are excited about the future.

Justin said his main reason for choosing the CP was because he had the opportunity to job shadow and engage in hands-on work. He added that completing the CP also allowed him to take rigorous Diploma Programme (DP) courses.

“I had a lot of fun in CP,” Justin said. “My favorite part about it was helping with the Hour of Code at Stevenson Elementary.” The Hour of Code is an annual activity that allows Stevenson students to engage in an hour of learning about coding and computer science.

“It was really nostalgic going to Stevenson and helping the kids, and maybe helping them to spark an interest in computers,” said Justin.

Jozefa knew that the CP would be a great opportunity to take specific technology classes while in high school.

“I’ve learned a lot in these classes, in computer science and A Plus,” Jozefa said. “This CP pathway gives you a very marketable skill. Especially with the rise of technology, more and more companies are hiring specialized tech workers. It’s really been a great experience to get into technology before you’re out in the real world.”

Both Jozefa and Justin have been interested in computers since they were young and always knew they wanted to pursue a career in the technology field. Miner said, for students with specific interests like this, the CP is an unbeatable opportunity to gain experience in either the technology field or EMT/EMR.

“If you’re thinking about attending a technical college or thinking about a skill-specific career, then CP is a great option,” said Miner. “CP is attuned to what your needs are, so you’re getting the skills that you need to be successful after you leave Fridley.”

Through CP, students can also earn college credits which are transferable to many local technical colleges, including Hennepin Technical College or Century College. Students also have the option of earning certification. On the IT Pathway, students can earn A Plus Certification which is an entry-level  computer certification for PC computer service technicians. Students on the EMT/EMR Pathway can earn EMT certification, which would allow them to become an emergency medical technician upon graduation.

“We just want our kids to look back at their Fridley education and know that they are prepared in whatever they aim to do,” said Miner. “With the CP pathways, we can get you ready, you can walk out of school with credits and certification, and be ready for a career. We just want our kids to be prepared for their futures.”

Jozefa Vescio Schreiner presenting her IBCP Reflective Project on the ethics of cybersecurity.

Justin Anderson presenting his IBCP Reflective Project on the ethics of privacy and Internet service providers. 

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