Ninth graders at Delta Magnet School are for the first time getting a chance to get career ready with a new program at the school this year.

This is the school's first year to implement a Journey to Careers Curriculum and, according to Librarian Pamela Benton, the program is different from other career curriculums.

“Even though students will receive basic instruction inside the classrooms, they will also have the chance to job shadow employees at various businesses and organizations to really experience the reality of a career,” Benton said. “How can students fully understand career choice and performance unless they experience it firsthand?”

Within the Journey to Career Curriculum, students will learn about personal identity and role modeling, personal traits and interests, industry clusters, occupational groups, financial responsibility and interpersonal job skills. On Thursday, Aug. 29, Morehouse Parish School Board members Robert Fenceroy and Tamika Gray Farrell spoke to students in the program about what it takes to get a job and some of the decisions that go along with choosing a career. Some of the topics they covered included having a backup plan, dressing appropriately, creating a portfolio, interview questions, continued education, having confidence in an interview, appropriate behavior in the workplace and the possibility of switching careers.

“Whatever you do, do your very best,” Farrell told students. “Everything you learn at this point in your life, from ninth grade on, is preparing you for your future career.”

“The students are so excited to leave the confines of classroom instruction and participate in real life job situations,” Benton said. “This is a unique and awesome opportunity for Delta Magnet School Freshman Academy.”