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Milwaukee eighth graders look toward the future during special career day

Posted: 12:51 PM, May 10, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-10 14:01:22-04
Two teachers at Central City Cyber School have been helping their eighth graders think about different careers every month since school started. 
 
Paranet Group Administrative Programs Coordinator and Owner of MOVA Business Solutions, Rachael Bush, is one of close to 20 speakers that have talked to these eight graders this year. Professionals from entrepreneurs, to a non-profit founder, to a business man all gave the kids a chance to ask questions about their lives and get honest answers. 
 
Deijuna Husley especially appreciated that from Bush.
 
"I like that she was confident enough to leave her job because what if it didn't go right? I would have been scared," Husley said. 
Creator of Career Day and Reading Intervention Specialist Lasae Simpson didn't want the student to wait until high school or have speakers once in a blue moon because they don't always get the spark right away. 
 
"Later they'll pull myself aside, or one of the other teachers, and they'll have gotten a nugget from somebody who said something," said Simpson.
 
Working together with the school's Director of Culture, Leon Williams, they say every profession is allowed to speak. This way the kids can see their future without limitations.
 
"If it's something that they can dream and it's something they really want," said Williams. "I don't want them to feel like something is out of their reach."
Blake Berry likes this and appreciates the variety in speakers, saying "experience more, and learn more about things on this earth that I can do, other than just football."
 
Bush says this is great idea that more schools should try, because when she was in high school, her speakers didn't have the same affect.
 
"Not in a personal setting like I experienced today. It was definitely in an auditorium, halfway in the back of the room, and they're just talking to us," Bush said.
 
Simpson says Bush was the last speaker for the 2016-2017 school year at Central City Cyber School. But, the goal is to expand career day to the younger grades. He wants other schools to try this idea so that students can have similar, if not, better experiences.  
 
If you'd like to help with future Central City Cyber School career days visit their website .
 
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