EAST GREENWICH — Almost every student around the state has specific dreams and aspirations of what they want to be after they have completed their work within the classrooms at both the regular school and the collegiate levels.
One of the major factors in helping students achieve their goals is them being given proper direction from their respective school counselors of the knowledge they need to acquire, either through classes or other programs, in order for them to reach their desired career marks.
Now, one local official is hoping to implement a policy that will aid both students and counselors in fully understanding all of their available career options after graduation.
As part of his Rhode Island Skilled Economy (RISE) Classroom to Career Tour, Congressman James Lanegvin (D-R.I., 2nd District) joined in on a summer meeting with the Rhode Island School Counselors Association at the New England Institute of Technology last Thursday afternoon to introduce what he calls the “Counseling for Career Choice Act.”
Langevin said the proposed bill he would like to have passed would help create a framework in training school counselors in order to provide their students with current workforce information, as well as to better align workforce trends and learn about available postsecondary opportunities, such as internships or apprenticeships that will lead to a high-paying career.
“I thought this would be a good resource in making sure we authorize things like using funding for assessing current counseling programs here in the state,” Langevin said.
The visit by Langevin was part of his ongoing pursuit in finding ways to bridge the very-wide skills gap that still exists within both Rhode Island and across the country, an effort he has spearheaded since 2010.
He said he has gone out and listened to various business owners for feedback on what the true state the economy is at within Rhode Island in order to come up with ideas to turn the economic climate around and get things going in the right direction.
For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the August 15 issue of the East Greenwich Pendulum.