A Reflection on Student Learning
As our team begins to on-board a new group of PTECH students, we find ourselves reflecting on the lessons we have learned in the past year. We have met and are working with so many wonderful partners throughout Idaho who are committed to helping students succeed, both in PTECH and in life. As we grow and build the PTECH model, we are learning from every student along the way - whether it's a student we're advising, a student we're taking on an employer field trip, or a student we are just introducing to the program.
A few highlights of our student learning so far:
There are many people who want to help students succeed.
We work with employers, community leaders, parents, school counselors, teachers, and principals, and we have not encountered anyone who isn’t willing to pitch in and help students succeed. We may not all agree on how to help students, but it is clear that everyone we work with understands how important student success is for Idaho’s economy.
Change is necessary.
Sometimes the change can be a subtle shift in thinking by a student about their course work due to a conversation they have had with an employer. Sometimes the change can be with the high school in thinking about who can benefit from dual credit courses. Changes often occur through the relationship between the PTECH Coach and the student, especially in the way students think about and plan for their future. We have seen both larger and subtler changes through our work, and those changes inspire us to continue to evolve in order to serve students better.
Students need adult support as they make decisions about their futures.
The impact that a conversation with someone from industry, like a Boise software developer, can have on a student is life-changing. Students need help to see their future. The missing link for many students is an example of a successful industry person, someone local who can help inspire students and demonstrate a clear path they can follow. Learning from industry professionals allows students to see the options they have and how attainable a well-paying job and clear career path can be.
We - the PTECH staff and Coaches - are excited by the work we do and the change we are seeing in the students that we work with everyday, from Kuna to Sandpoint. Through the PTECH program, students are beginning to find themselves and learning to speak for themselves. We are seeing students find a path to a job, which will lead to a career path they are excited to follow. Best of all, we are seeing a brighter future for Idaho, thanks to all of the support that we have received from educators, colleges, industry partners, parents and many others. We look forward to continuing to share our successes, challenges and progress in the coming year.