Observer staff report
Navicate, a non-profit working as a school-to-careers organization, recently received a $60,000 grant from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation for the 2014-15 school year to help expand the opportunity of work-based learning activities to more Vermont students.
Navicate, formerly called Linking Learning to Life, partners with schools throughout the state to deliver programs that prepare youth with skills necessary for successful employment and continued learning.
“We all know that more students need opportunities to explore careers, especially while in middle and high school,” said Lindsey Lathrop, assistant director of Navicate. “We are interested in making this happen in a quality way. However, two things need to happen: teachers need the time and resources to excite students about career prospects and know how to create exploration activities. The second is that businesses and professionals need training on creating meaningful experiences in the workplace like job shadows and internships. These two areas are at the heart of this project.”
Navicate will partner with its sister organization, the Upper Valley Business & Education Partnership (UVBEP), on this project. The organizations have been working closely with the Vermont Agency of Education. The project will play into the statewide move toward an education system where all Vermont youth have equal opportunity to explore careers in addition to having adequate guidance with connecting academic learning to hands-on work-based learning experiences and post-secondary pathways.
The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation collaborates with educators, organizations and philanthropists to improve and promote postsecondary and career education opportunities within the state with the conviction that through this work Vermont’s most important resource—its people—will become more fully empowered.