Achievement Academy students explore health careers

April 21, 2017
Kiara Overby presents her findings about health challenges and careers.

Five ambitious students at Achievement Academy of Durham participated in the Achieving Career and Educational Success elective (ACES), focusing on career exploration in the health and wellness field.

Students applied career research skills to learn about a health challenges, such as anxiety, chronic pain and insomnia. They focused on a career related to this health area and then researched the required education, as well as potential programs at North Carolina colleges and universities.  Finally, students showcased their findings at the school’s student-led health fair on April 20. Student received small stipends for their work.

Research shows that helping students connect what they learn in school with career opportunities can motivate them to stay in school, graduate and pursue a post-secondary credential that qualifies them for sustainable-wage work.

Participating students were: Kiara Overby, Keono Deberry, Jimmy Coleman, Keon Humphrey, Marcellas Alston and Timaya Bowens.

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