Students explore recreation planning careers during Greenway Alliance site visit

November 20, 2017
Greenway Alliance coordinator Kathryn Zeringue talks about plans to develop the Durham portion of the greenway during a Durham Futures career exploration field trip.

Students from Made in Durham’s academic recovery partner schools learned firsthand in November what it takes to develop and maintain a greenway during a career exploration visit to the East Coast Greenway Alliance headquarters and trail.

Alliance staff described the complex planning and coordination required for local, state and federal partners to create the 3,000-mile multi-use greenway linking cities and towns from Maine to Florida.

Durham Parks & Recreation staff talked about local efforts to construct the greenway, as well as the range of related career opportunities.

Students then joined Alliance staff for a walk down a portion of the greenway in southern Durham to experience the end result of their development efforts.

During the walk, students were talked to representatives from Alliance business partners – Durham Parks & Recreation, Alta Planning + Design and Stewart Engineering – about their personal career stories and the many jobs connected to planning, designing, building and promoting greenways and trails.

Students walk on a portion of Durham's greenway.

Students walk on a portion of Durham’s greenway.

Career exploration site visits are part of a continuum of career-readiness experiences offered by Made in Durham partners as they work to prepare young people for careers.

Research shows that helping young people connect work and learning can motivate them to stay in school. Work exposure and experiences prepare students for employment and help them develop networks that can lead to good jobs.

Made in Durham partners envision a continuum of activities that are systematically offered to students over the course of their high school careers. Made in Durham’s Career Advising Task Force is advising the development of that continuum for Durham youth.

For more information or to find out about hosting a site visit for Durham students, contact Made in Durham Employer Engagement Strategist Jacob Dolan at jdolan@madeindurham.org or (919) 215-5844.

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