Youth Career Days

April 20, 2015

Topeka, Kan. – A simple field trip could open vast possibilities in the minds of local students. Every seventh grader in USD 501 will have an opportunity to tour the career programs offered at Washburn Tech, 5724 SW Huntoon St., during Youth Career Days set from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on April 30 and 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. on May 4 and 5.

The initiative is a joint venture involving Washburn Tech, Topeka Public Schools and Topeka Downtown Rotary Club, which is paying for the transportation of nearly 1,000 seventh graders. Rotarians are not only covering the cost of shuttling buses to and from the district’s six middle schools, they also are helping with tours at Washburn Tech. In addition, the club annually provides scholarships for students attending Washburn Tech.

"The Rotarian 4 Way Test - Rotary's guide to applying ethics and integrity in all our individual actions - supports this project and we hope youth will be inspired in their future opportunity choices because of participating," said Terri Murphy, Downtown Rotary Club Vocation Chairperson. “This year’s endeavor has special meaning as we celebrate Rotary’s 100th year in Topeka.”

“We appreciate the support of the Downtown Rotary Club in Topeka to permit all of our seventh grade students to tour programs at Washburn Tech,” said Eileen Caspers, 501’s general director of school and career programs. “The more exposure our students have to post-secondary opportunities, the better they can plan their high school courses to align with their career interest and prepare for the next step in their education.”

Washburn Tech, an affiliate of Washburn University, offers 30 career programs in the areas of construction, health care, human services, technology and transportation. This high-tech, hands-on education can lead to rewarding, high-pay jobs.