Sep 26, 2019

Nextech Inspires Career Choices

A senior at Christel House Academy in Indianapolis used his summer break to create his own website, meet and make industry connections, and explore computer career options. Ricky O. was selected for the Nextech Catapult program, a paid summer internship and yearlong immersive experience to inspire students interested in technology.

Nextech, an education partner of Christel House, is dedicated to creating access to computer science curriculum and experiences for all K-12 Indiana students. The Catapult program includes a coding bootcamp, visits to tech companies, and service-learning projects that impact the community. For Ricky, the summer internship was a career revelation. “Nextech helped me zone in on a few areas of interest such as quality assurance testing and cyber-security,” he says. Scott Dooley, Christel House Computer Science teacher, sees technology opportunities as a vehicle to empower Christel House kids. “Our students can achieve better outcomes – and incomes!”

Sep 26, 2019

What career would you choose?

A sobering South Africa statistic: nearly 1 in 3 young South Africans is unemployed or not in school. That’s not the case at Christel House South Africa (CHSA) – 96% of our graduates are continuing their education or employed. That’s because the CHSA College & Careers program offers students guidance before and after they graduate.

As part of the College & Careers support, CHSA teamed up with FutureMe, a South Africa nonprofit focused on bringing students, schools and potential employers together. During a week-long career expo, kids engaged with universities to explore career paths by continuing their education. Several corporations were also on hand to meet about job opportunities. Ziyanda B., Grade 12, is grateful for the networking experience. “I learned so much about myself,” she says. “I gained confidence in what I want to do. And that will make me a better candidate for employment.”  

Jul 8, 2019

Working to find a summer job

Students stay active learning while earning.
Students stay active learning while earning.

Summer isn’t just for vacation – it’s a time for Christel House Academy students in Indianapolis to explore new opportunities. Christel House works to place kids in activities for the summer months – whether it’s at camp, in the Academy’s Summer Enrichment program or working. “We don’t want students sitting at home all summer,” says Kara Moreland, College & Careers Administrator. Moreland works through the Spring to offer students plenty of options. For some, that means a summer job. Representatives from the Indianapolis Zoo (above) visited with Christel House students Nick, Kamryn and Jacilynn to discuss art and photography positions at the Zoo. Jacilynn worked at the Zoo last year and plans to return this summer. “It will be my third year. It’s a great experience,” she says.

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