Portage Township Schools

What do I want to be when I grow up?

2014-02-16T00:00:00Z What do I want to be when I grow up?Lynn Alkire, Assistant principal Portage High School nwitimes.com
February 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

As parents, we all wish happiness and success for our children. Educators share these same goals for your families. Together, we form a powerful force. Have you ever asked your child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

When they are young, their dreams and aspirations are limitless. “I want to be a teacher, a doctor, an astronaut, a professional football player.” They hear from us, “You can be anything you want to be.” There’s a catch, though. What does it take to become our ultimate selves? What skills must we possess? Are our childhood dreams going to provide for our future families? These are questions we, as parents and educators, must be prepared to answer as our children grow.

Kindergarten through 12th grade is 13 long years to a child, but in reality, the time moves quickly. Establishing a strong academic foundation during that time is paramount. In addition to that irreplaceable education is the need for career path knowledge. A quality parent/educator partnership will provide this foundation and knowledge.

Parents, know your children for who they are. What are their strengths and weaknesses? Be honest with yourselves and them. Encourage their dreams, but demand they work hard to achieve their goals. Talk to your children’s teachers, counselors and principals. Ask the difficult questions like, “What does it take to be that astronaut, and does my child have the skills necessary to achieve that career?”

Portage High School provides an amazing academic foundation that competes with the most renowned schools in Indiana. We also provide many college and career exploration opportunities. Portage High students can be certified in numerous fields from welding to culinary arts and cosmetology to automotive technology.

In addition to more than 30 vocational programs are the opportunities to secure college credits through dual-credit partnerships with Purdue, Indiana University, Vincennes University and Ivy Tech. Each year, students leave with college credits leading toward two- and four-year degrees as well as industry certifications that afford them a competitive edge when they are seeking employment.

My challenge to you is this: Become knowledgeable regarding workforce demands. Encourage your children to find a passion that meets these demands. Become familiar with educational opportunities at Portage High. Continually strengthen your parent/educator partnership by always being involved throughout your child’s schooling. Together, we can help your child become a successful, productive and happy adult.

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