Gearing Up For the Future

Gearing Up For the Future
Posted on 12/16/2021

Monday, November 22, Tahoma High School students were ready for a different kind of Monday. Freshmen and sophomores had the opportunity to attend presentations by career speakers. Juniors were able to learn about colleges, apprenticeship programs, study abroad options and military options.  Seniors could go off campus for their career experience (job interview, job shadow, etc.), participate in college campus tours, take the ASVAB, or get support with college application essays or FAFSA forms.  The whole day, everyone at the high school was preparing a vision for after their graduation.


Future Ready

An important message at the Future Ready center is, “All pathways are valued,” says Lara Lindersmith, Future Ready Specialist.  Tahoma School Board Director Pete Miller says, “We are committed to helping students achieve success beyond high school, whether that be a four-year college, a vocational program, the military, or a trade. Students have so many opportunities to find their path.”


Lindersmith often works with students struggling to match careers to their passions.  An alternate perspective offered is that finding a career that supports the desired lifestyle, which includes supporting the passion, is a good way to go, also.


A majority of the focus of the Future Ready Center has been to help students prepare for post-secondary education.  For some students, the barrier to college entry is grades and to that end, the Future Ready center is excited to offer a Peer Tutoring program.  Applications provide one-to-one matching.  Efforts are made to match students by first language, such as Spanish, Hindi, Japanese, German and Telugu.  


Other resources available at the Future Ready center include assistance in connecting with military recruiters, help finding apprenticeship programs, and job application and resume assistance. There is also assistance for alumni of Tahoma High School.  Alumni can call the Future Ready Center to make Zoom appointments.


Rudraksh Rajvanshi, a freshman, was excited to attend a talk by John Turner from Ian Enterprises for the Entrepreneurship 101 presentation.  He says, “Future Ready day has helped me prepare for post-secondary by giving me more options that I didn't even know about such as different degrees in different fields.”


Malia Hollowell, Tahoma School District Board Director and entrepreneur, presented about her educational business.  She says, “When I graduated from high school, I had no idea what career path I wanted to pursue. It took me two years in college (and four internships!) to figure out the major that felt like the best fit. Future Ready Day is such a wonderful opportunity for students to avoid so much of that uncertainty and doubt! It gives them the chance to try on different careers and see how they feel before they graduate.”


Board Director Miller also presented about his career in accounting and says, “As a speaker, it was a lot of fun. The students were engaged, ready to listen and asked great questions. Undoubtedly, a spark of inspiration was found by some of our students that day that will lead them down a new path and into their unique future.”



Lindersmith is also excited about the community partnerships. THS welding courses are preparing students so that they can be hired by local fabrication companies right after graduation. There are apprenticeship programs scouting our mature, hard working students for hire.


For more information about Tahoma’s Future Ready initiative, click here.

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