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Bloomington High School

Advisor: Victor R. Schiro
Training Areas: Computer Science

Victor SchiroTheir year-long project began in August 2004, when they met to establish committees and determine project feasibility, scope, logistics, and expense. The committees checked on interest at three district middle schools. The major student feeder to their site, Harris Middle School, agreed to be involved. They set the mentoring day as the last event of SkillsUSA Week 2005 celebration.




Champions at Work


Leading up to the February date, they met with business/industry reps, district and school administrators, counselors, instructors, and students at both sites to describe the project, make commitments, explain about SkillsUSA and the America’s Promise Program.  They averaged three meetings each month from September until February. Many involved the visiting students, but most were spent organizing details supporting the mentoring day.

The strongest support came from their district’s Career and Technical Advisory Program who endorsed the project, the use of school facilities, and Perkins funds for materials and transportation. A supermarket chain donated snacks and local businessmen contributed funds for the participant’s lunch.

During WLTI in Sept. 2004, they met and invited their US Representative to be a participant, make a presentation to the youngest middle school SkillsUSA member, and address the students describing the values of career awareness, and his own success story.

The mentoring day involved six classrooms; Pre-school Aide, Home Economics, Computers, Wood-Metal and Auto Shops. All had hands-on activities and something for the students to bring home. The day began with the student’s arrival, an opening ceremony, two sessions, a snack, Congressman Baca's address, a last session, lunch, a closing activity which included their evaluation of the day’s event, and the student's departure. At the event: thirty-five students, one administrator, and teacher attended from the middle school. Administrators, Counselors, staff, newspaper reporters, past and present chapter members, and parents came together to make this event a success.