Next Generation scholars tour local businesses

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Forty-one tenth graders from Cambridge-South Dorchester High School who are part of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) Next Generation Scholars program, toured local businesses for career inspiration on Nov. 25. Pictured here, the students gather in front of Horn Point Laboratory for a group photo.

BALTIMORE — On Nov. 25, 41 tenth graders from Cambridge-South Dorchester high School who participate in the Next Generation Scholars program toured local businesses for career inspiration. The sophomores visited Chesapeake College, Horn Point Laboratory and University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

This is the second year the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) has coordinated a day-long field trip for sophomores to enhance education and career awareness as well as promote college completion for high school students.

“We love welcoming youth to Horn Point so that they can witness first-hand how their studies can lead to a career in environmental science,” said Linda Starling, Horn Point Laboratory volunteer/outreach coordinator. “It can sometimes be hard to predict what will spark curiosity in a student, but we are always happy to collaborate with programs like this one in order to provide experiences for the next generation of scholars.”

MBRT designed the career tours to connect students with community businesses and provide opportunities to learn about career choices they may not have previously considered. These connections can also help pave the way for future job shadowing and summer internship opportunities.

Throughout the day, students toured facilities and learned about education requirements and what occurs during a typical workday. They also spoke directly with professionals about their industry and their career path.

Students learned about peri-op nursing and biomedical technology at Shore Medical Center. While at Horn Point Laboratory, they learned about various careers in the science field and how science is involved in the reproduction of oysters. During their visit to Chesapeake College, students learned about non-teaching careers associated with a college such as recruitment, admissions and advising.

“We were excited to again offer this popular learning experience for our Next Generation Scholars because it is such a valuable opportunity for our students to explore real careers in the community and talk to professionals working in a specific field,” says Brian Dulay, executive director of Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. “Our goal is that students will begin to formulate future plans and strategies about how to get where they want to go and be successful in college, career and life.”

For more than 25 years, MBRT has been connecting the business community with local schools through its Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau and STEM Specialists in the Classroom programs. In 2017, MBRT added the Next Generation Scholars program, which provides funding through the Howard P. Rawlings Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant, administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), to enhance education and career awareness as well as college completion for high school students with a demonstrated financial need.

The Guaranteed Access Grant provides an award that will help cover the cost of full-time study at a Maryland college or university for low-income families.

MBRT currently serves nearly 2,000 students in six high schools across five counties. The organization is one of several that partner with leadership and school counselors at select schools throughout the state to provide grade-specific services to ensure that students who are part of Next Generation Scholars graduate ready for their next steps in college, career and life.

MBRT coordinators help students and parents understand that college is an option for everyone while bridging the knowledge gap that exists for many families about college and their chosen career paths.
Learn more about MBRT’s Next Generation Scholars program at www.mbrt.org/nextgen.