Rehr Consulting has agreed to support Vancouver, WA-based nConnect for classroom talks and to further business development opportunities. The volunteering will support the ambitions of others to meet promise and potential; additionally, the problem addressed by nConnect has deep connection to my transition from high school to college and beyond.
nConnect exists to offer students in high school and younger in Clark County, Washington a perspective different than that of traditional academics. Their programming has two foci:
- Exposure and preparation for work after the high school years.
- STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
These topics are instituted through
- Speed networking.
- Panel discussions.
- Guest speakers.
Speed networking and panel discussions help students broaden their vision of career fields, gain exposure to different adult role models [and] understand the connection between school, work, and achieving goals.
Like so many others, when I graduated high school I did not have a path. It was by luck and family that I pursued an undergraduate degree. College was just the next step. It certainly didn’t help me figure my career path, though. A circuitous career–before holding several different jobs was considered normal if not healthy–came next. Introspectively, I never felt stable throughout much of my career. I am grateful for my path nowadays. For nConnect and the students it serves, that whole experience might serve as a baseline for wonder, rigor for guidance and fodder for a story. I hope so.