Galion Middle School students exploring careers
Galion Middle School sixth and seventh grade students are learning about career opportunities that exist in professional and collegiate sports through a free education program sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton without ever leaving the comforts of the Middle School!
The Career Exploration class, a new part of the Tiger Time program at GMS, gives students the chance to start considering possible careers after their time in Galion. Mrs. Jill Fenner, one of the four Career Exploration teachers, organizes the virtual learning event for the students each quarter.
The curriculum for the Career Exploration class at GMS continues to be developed by the four teachers teaching the class. The overall goal of the class is to provide experiences to the students which show them important, real-world lessons to get them thinking about their future.
“My son-in-law worked for the Hall of Fame and always told me about the education department,” said Fenner. “When we began the Career Exploration classes this year, I checked the Hall of Fame’s website to learn what they could provide utilizing the awesome new equipment in the district for video conferencing.”
The Pro Football Hall of Fame offers award-winning video conferencing programs that allow students from across the globe to connect with the Hall of Fame to learn more about pro football's rich history. These programs are aligned with Common Core/National Standards of Education, and have received international recognition as a Pinnacle Award winner through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)
“When students this age are asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’, we will always get several responses about being a professional athlete,” said Fenner. “The Hall of Fame program talks about the percentages of that happening during the video conference, but also expands into the many jobs associated with a professional sports team.”
“The video conferencing programs are available free of charge to schools anywhere thanks to our partners at Extreme Networks,” said Michael Myers, Manager of Youth & Education for the Hall of Fame. “The program we did with the Galion Middle School is our ‘Careers in the NFL’ presentation, which introduces students to the vast array of jobs in sports outside of being an NFL player or coach.
The “Careers in the NFL” program examines the importance of education and the hundreds of careers available in and around the National Football League. A 10-minute career video, which examines a wide variety of careers with the San Francisco 49ers organization, is shown during this session.
“Mrs. Fenner, Mr. (John) Erlsten, Mrs. (Cindy) Glew and Mrs. (Angie) Gimbel are doing a fantastic job developing the curriculum for this class,” said Joe Morabito, Galion Middle School Principal. “The partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame is one of many that these teachers are developing to help expand our students’ thinking about future career opportunities.”
The Career Explorations Class will host another video conference with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Tuesday, Dec. 12. Please contact Mrs. Jill Fenner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Career Explorations class at Galion Middle School.