Helping students find local employment with passion is the goal of SEP’s partnership with schools across Stark County. As we expand career-connected learning, we continue to utilize YouScience Brightpath to measure students’ career interests and aptitudes – then discover top areas where they intersect. Based on those results, students are matched to work-based experiences for exploration during high school. Opportunities range from career cafes, job shadowing, and "experienceships" (micro-internships) to company tours and classroom speakers. Stark's participating schools offer students more opportunities than ever to meet face-to-face with over 47 active business partners from various career fields and pathways.
Since Fall 2022, we've had 2,895 students complete the YouScience Brightpath assessment, and nearly 5,400 career-connected student experiences occur among partner schools. SEP’s long-term goal is to have all students participate in a work-based experience and for each student to graduate with a meaningful career plan – one that is personally informed by YouScience Brightpath results and their own career-connected experiences.