TFIM offering “Snack & Learn” series

Our career exploration program, The Future Is Mine (TFIM) hosted a lineup of “Snack & Learn” sessions for participants over the past month, with plans to expand it as the year goes on. Presentations so far featured representatives from Citizens Bank, Allegheny Land Trust and Penn State University.

“We had a nice mix of speakers and we’re planning more,” said Consortium Program Director Gina Barrett, who co-manages TFIM with Jenn Sethman. “The Snack & Learn concept gives us a chance to support students with access to professionals for career insights and help our community partners showcase their organizations.”

To begin the series, “We had people sharing insights on environmental careers, banking and personal finance, and different options for post-secondary education,” added Sethman, also a Program Director. “Access to professionals in different fields helps broaden students’ thinking about the ways their own interests might lead to careers and can help them plan the steps to prepare for them.”

Citizens’ High School Relationships Manager, Osamase Ekhator and Kate Walsh, Relationship Manager, helped students understand the fundamentals of banking and shared insights about planning their financial futures.

Allegheny Land Trust’s Senior Director of Education and Curriculum, Julie Travaglini, talked about careers other than veterinary science and education that might interest students who like working with kids, animals or in the outdoors.

Debra Roach, Director of Continuing Education and Business Instructor at Penn State’s Beaver campus, helped students think about different paths for post-secondary education.

Most of presentations from last month and going forward will be recorded and made available to TFIM participants who were not able to attend the live sessions, as well as to schools participating in our Future Ready Alliance.