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MOUNT VERNON — Preparing for future careers is an important step in the lives of young adults, and thanks to the Mentorship for Leadership program through the Knox Educational Service Center and the Gifted and Enrichment Program, some of the best and brightest high school juniors and seniors in Knox County are well on their way to securing their futures.
The Mentorship for Leadership program offers a path for motivated high school students to explore specific career interests with engaging community members. Mentors are models of community engagement by showcasing commitment to a field of study, exploration and caring for these students.
“So many times students get a lot of book learning, but they don’t get the on-the-job experience,” ESC Gifted and Enrichment Coordinator Don Garvic explained to the News. “I’ve had several students this year that have said to me that it was so different for them, because they could actually see what was going on. One student said that she had studied a lot of biology, but she when she was with a vet, and she saw the things that were going on, it was just the same terminology and things she was learning. So getting out and into the real world is important. They do this in the evenings, weekends, school breaks or whenever.”