Local Mentors Help Teens Plan for Life After High School
A new career mentoring program is now offering Huntington, Diboll and Hudson students real-life experience under the guidance of community mentors.
Dr. Charles Kent, a retired Lufkin orthodontist, says he was inspired to create the program after hearing so many of his younger patients tell him they had no idea what they would be doing after graduating from high school.
As a member of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2020 program, Kent says he saw this problem as a chance for community leaders to share their experiences with teenagers.
The way it’s set up, mentors from local companies and organizations visit Hudson, Huntington and Diboll students two times a year to explain how they got into their careers.
He says in the mentoring program start with an aptitude test that helps mentors point them to careers and occupations that fit their skills and abilities.
Students are encouraged to go to college, but the mentoring program doesn’t insist on it. It helps them figure out what they’ll do after high school and plan for it.