YKSD’s Career Fly-In by Superintendent Kerry Boyd, Yukon-Koyukuk School District

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Annually, the Yukon-Koyukuk School District invites high school students to participate in the Career Fly-In.  At this weeklong camp, students learn about a variety of careers and post-secondary options, build employability skills, and prepare for life after high school.

On October 8th-12th, 2018, sixteen Yukon-Koyukuk School District high school students gathered together for a week of career exploration and planning in Fairbanks.  Five students from Huslia, six students from Minto, one student from Nulato, and four students from Tanana City School District took part in this week.  Students participated in a variety of activities to help them prepare for a life after high school.

Students learned about careers in different fields, and they toured many training facilities including the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center, Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, and Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC). Students were also given the opportunity to take the PSAT.

Much of the camp was spent building skills and knowledge to help students be successful upon graduation.  Students had opportunities to build teamwork and collaboration skills. They learned about and practiced healthy living skills by building a menu for the week, practicing budgeting skills by using a budget to purchase breakfast food for the week, and making their own nutritional breakfasts.  Students also learned to use public transportation by using the bus system.

As it is difficult for rural students to get their permit and driver’s license, students were given the opportunity to take their driver’s permit exam or their driver’s test. Fifteen students passed the permit exam and one student passed the driving test.

Students prepared for future jobs by learning to fill out job applications and creating a resume.  They prepared for job interviews by learning about and purchasing job interview professional attire and doing mock interviews. Students then put all of their interview skills together by interviewing for introductory level positions at the Interior Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and Tanana Chiefs Conference.

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