By Tim Leeds
Havre's Community Educa-tion Program is offering a new class to advise parents how to prepare their kids for college or finding a career.
Havre High School guidance counselors Kay Nessland and Mark West will conduct the free courses, titled "After Graduation." Nessland said she would like to start offering the courses every year, but that depends on how much interest people show in them. She often talks to parents who aren't sure what they should be doing to help their children prepare for life after graduation, she said.
The courses will show parents different choices their children can make, whether it's going directly to work or the military after high school or going to college. Nessland said the nature of college requires some careful planning before graduation.
"College is becoming a very expensive thing so kids need to put a lot of thought and decision into what they're going to do," she said.
The first class, next Wednesday, covers information about the labor market. The class includes information from Job Service, from the military, college information and other job information.
The second class, on Oct. 10, will cover computer programs to help prepare for after graduation, resources for career and college information, including the Career Information System and Job Works, and resumes, portfolios and School to Career, a program that places high school students in job situations.
Nessland said Havre High's School to Career program is extremely valuable for any student. The training and information it gives would help any student, whatever their choices after graduation, she said.
The third session, on Oct. 24, will cover scholarships and financial aid, college visits and transcript release forms.
It's important for people to register for the classes as soon as possible, Nessland said, so Community Education will know how many plan to attend. The classes could be canceled if too few people register, she added.
The classes cover different material and can be taken separately, but Nessland stressed that even if people plan to take a later class, they need to register soon.
For more information or to register for the classes, call Community Education at 265-4656, ext. 311.