Senior Shares Career Readiness Experiences

Carpenter BANN

At the annual Capital Region Partnership for Career Development Showcase Luncheon held on Monday, April 30, Doug Carpenter, class of 2018, shared how the Pathways Program at MAHS has prepared him for life after high school. Carpenter was invited to speak to area Superintendents and business partners about the transitional opportunities he experienced at MAHS that led him to a rewarding internship and potentially a lifelong career. Attending the luncheon with Doug were Dr. Lori A. Suski, Superintendent of Schools and Mrs. Michele Myers, MAHS Career Coordinator.

“Hello, my name is Doug Carpenter and I’m in the Class of 2018 at Middletown Area High School. I am part of the Engineering and Industrial Technology Pathway. Middletown schools may be looked at for their sports teams but what it should be looked at for is how well the teachers prepare you for the next step in life. Middletown has many ways they prepare you for the future such as, the Pathways Program, Junior Shadow Day, Futures Classes in your freshman and sophomore years, and the Senior Career Action Plan. When talking to students from other schools, I have found that they don’t have these different programs to help them decide what they want to do after high school. When I first entered the high school I wanted to be a game warden. But during Futures classes I learned about jobs in the skilled trades. For my Junior Shadow Day I shadowed a welder at Pennsy Supply. It was an amazing experience. This is where I fell in love with welding. After that Shadow Day, I decided that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

I thank Middletown and PennDOT for the opportunity to take part in the Internship Program which has given me hands-on work experience. My internship with PennDOT started in June of 2017 and I have been working there ever since. I am a diesel mechanic intern for the Fleet Management Division which is located across from the Farm Show Complex. Without Middletown’s Pathway Program and many transitional opportunities, I don’t know what my plans would be for furthering my education and future career. One thing I do know is Middletown is a great school to prepare you for life after high school.”

Doug Carpenter, Class of 2018

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