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Career Advisory Council Update: Nov. 15, 2021

Nov. 15, 2021

The Career Advisory Council held its first meeting of the 2021-22 school year Monday, Nov. 15. The council is co-chaired by Dr. Ronni Zagora, executive director of secondary education, and Patrick Dempsey, assistant principal at Sperreng Middle School.

During this year's first meeting, Dr. Zagora introduced council members, including local business leaders, teachers and students.

The council also reviewed Lindbergh High School's five career and technical education programs, which include business, marketing, health science, FACS and engineering, and the LHS internship program, where students can pursue a real-world experience in their career field of interest. Career and technical education programs are certified by the state of Missouri and culminate in a student being able to earn professional certification, gain access to college-level programs, or be placed directly into the workforce. Dr. Zagora also reviewed the district's career preparedness journey, including the creation of the Career Advisory Council in 2020.

Council members broke into small groups to discuss potential mission and vision statements for the group. They also reviewed mission statements and core values from major corporations, including Apple, IKEA, Starbucks, REI and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Finally, council members worked together to develop core values for the group's work moving forward.

The council's next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3.