Gering Public Schools is working to get students ready for college or a career, even when it comes to kids as young as Kindergarten.
At Lincoln Elementary, it’s the first year of their ‘College and Career-Ready’ program to instill a sense of empowerment among children by helping them learn about themselves and become problem solvers and critical thinkers.
In addition to weekly presentations by community leaders from all walks of life, Principal Pam Barker says students track their goals and classroom progress in special notebooks. It starts with the basics in Kindergarten and progresses to more detailed work in later grades.
“As they get into 3rd grade, it’s more specific. They do longer writings, paragraph writings, their assessments look different, their goals look different,” says Barker, “And when you get to 5th and 6th grade, they’re pretty specific by as what they want to accomplish by the end of the school year.”
Barker says it’s never too early to get kids to start thinking about what they want to do later in life, and the school’s focus on being engaged will help build the foundation of each child’s journey into young adulthood.
She says the program also helps develop the social skills needed in today’s workforce environment.