This overnight focused on the “career” portion for the College and Career Exploration expedition for 11th grade. We left after school on Friday from Oceanside High School to tour The Shelter Institute in Woolwich. This particular site catered to students’ interest in carpentry – this Institute teaches courses on how to build your own house and other projects. It was very interesting and provided a lot of resources to our group. We then went to Camp Kieve in Nobleboro (our home away from home) and got settled in, ate dinner, played some Trekkers games and did some activities and journaling about career paths. We also prepped for our professional panel that was coming on Saturday.
Saturday, we started the day touring the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Charlie Walsh was our tour guide and on demand mad scientist! He broke down several projects he is working on and supporting grad students with in the UMaine system, as well as talked about the future of the fishing industry and different ways lobstermen and fishermen can use their skills in various scientific jobs. This was very helpful for many young men in the North Face team who come from fishing families and want to either have that as their main source of income or side income in the future. We then returned to Camp Kieve for lunch and our professional panel. Featured on our panel were the following: Audrey Ennamorati (high school teacher at Medomak Valley), Erin Faye (Outdoor Sport Institute – gap year programming), Emily Carver (social work and counseling student at USM and former Trekker PM), Several Coast Guard members: C LT Zac Bender, Petty Officer Meghan Cahoon officer, Seaman Brian Burke and one other officer, Kate Tagai (AmeriCorps and Peace Corps Alum), Tara Murray (PenBay Nurse) and Jacque Letteney (ultrasound at Miles Hospital). Students expressed that having a professional panel where they could listen to people’s career path journeys and ask questions was very eye opening.
We returned to Oceanside late Saturday afternoon – just in time for students to get ready for their Cabaret dance!