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Practicum Students Gain Valuable Experiences

This spring, six of our majors had the opportunity to engage in practical, real-world experience related to their major through the Practicum elective. The students involved were able to select the kind of opportunity that would appeal to them, one that would prepare them for their anticipated career. Naomi Gafford and Kami Hodson chose to work with youth through the Children's Case Management division at Horizons Mental Health Center, a Hutchinson-based community service organization. Allie Hall and Denyse Inman chose to work with Adult Case Management through the Community Support Services division at Horizons. Christina Carpenter wants to become a guidance counselor, so she was able to work at Sterling High School under the supervision of the counselor there. Lastly, Lazerrick Young decided, after taking Industrial/Organizational Psychology first semester, to pursue a career in Industrial/Organization psychology. Prior to beginning graduate school this coming fall, he wanted to gain some practical experience in the area. He was able to work in the Human Resources section of the Presbyterian Manor here in Sterling.

Each of the students had many valuable experiences and gained an appreciation of what professionals in the discipline face each day. In order to broaden their perspective from the case worker role, they got to interview a manager from Child Protective Services to find out what the government's role is in intervention, and find out from her what occupational and educational options are available for them if they desire. It was a valuable experience for all involved. Our students served with distinction in each location, and we have standing invitations for future students whenever they desire a similar experience.