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A group of 36 sophomores and juniors from both Easton and Saint Michaels High Schools were able to gain insights into potential career paths through the Career Pathway Initiative Program (CPI). The CPI program, which began in 2011, is offered through a partnership which includes TCPS, the Easton, Tidewater and St. Michaels Rotary Clubs, Talbot Mentors, the YMCA, and Chesapeake College.

Last Fall the students, who were identified by teachers and guidance counselors as potential first generation college students, attended a Career Day at the Easton Family YMCA. There they were able to talk with a broad spectrum of potential employers and familiarize themselves with the business, healthcare and non-profit community.

This month the students took the opportunity a step further by spending a morning job shadowing at businesses and organizations in the career paths that interest them. Participating organizations are as follows: University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton; Tidewater Physical Therapy; CBIZ; McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker LLC; Easton Volunteer Fire Department; Talbot County Sheriff’s Office; Military Recruiting Office; Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center; Trinity Cathedral; New Found Media & MCTV; Whalen Company; The Car Pool; Community Animal Hospital; Avalon Theatre; Willow Construction; Rauch, Inc.; Spurry’s Tire Services; WCEI; Easton Airport; Hearthstone; Tryon Therapy.

The next phase of the program involves a tour of Chesapeake College. Finally, during their Senior year, as many students as possible will be placed in internships to complete their experience. “The Career Pathway Initiative Program has been a fantastic opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools. “They are able to factor what they learn through these experiences into important decisions they must make about their education. We are blessed to live in a community where these collaborative initiatives can make a difference, and we are grateful to all of the partners and the business community for their support.”