LEAD Arlington puts focus on students in first meeting

LEAD Arlington puts focus on students in first meeting
Posted on 10/23/2018
Three times a year, leaders from the business community, town of Arlington and Arlington Community Schools come together for LEAD Arlington. It’s a time to discuss the latest happenings in Arlington’s economic development and government, as well as in the four schools that make up ACS.

And this year, there’s a new addition to the group: Arlington High students. Students from Arlington High’s Collegiate Academy now attend the LEAD Arlington sessions to network with local community leaders and learn about what it takes to work in their industries.

“It’s a great chance for them to ask questions, get information about job qualifications and hopefully gauge their interests by learning from skilled professionals,” said ACS Director of Academics Todd Goforth.

About 20 students, made up of 9th and 10th graders, were paired with different professionals at tables and participated in several activities, including a “get-to-know” your table activity and a STEM challenge. The students also had to speak in front of the group to discuss what they learned from the business professionals.

“We want to push these students outside their comfort zone by requiring them to communicate with people they don’t know,” Goforth explained. “In this setting, they’re required to listen and communicate with business leaders, ask probing questions and present themselves in a professional way. They’re learning early on how to market themselves in a business setting.”

Businesses that participated include Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury, Corpro CPR, First Citizen National Bank, H.Saga, MicroPort Orthopedics, Patriot Bank, Triumph Bank and WorldTech Management Solutions. Members from the Arlington’s Chamber of Commerce and city hall also attended.