Friday, January 7, 2022
Bay View High School student Eric Jones was in the middle of working with first graders in the gym at Trowbridge School of Great Lakes Studies when visitors entered to observe. Staying focused on his young students, Eric paid little attention and continued the lesson he was teaching. As the activity concluded, Jones was called upon to meet the newcomers and came face to face with the smiling superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. Dr. Keith P. Posley had heard about the young man with dreams of becoming a physical education teacher and was determined to make a connection.
After his initial surprise, Eric excitedly shared his dream of teaching physical education, then taught his next lesson, with Dr. Posley joining the fun. Dr. Posley then engaged the enthusiastic group of first graders in an impromptu activity. Dr. Posley’s own professional career began as a physical education teacher at Benjamin Franklin School in MPS.
Eric spends time shadowing Christopher Kempowski, Trowbridge’s P.E. teacher, and leading activities of his own as part of the Community Assessment Training Program (CATP) within the MPS School-to-Work Programs. Through CATP, Eric and other high school students have opportunities to learn transition skills which prepare them for life after high school and are aligned to their career goals and interests.
All MPS students take part in career exploration and planning from elementary school through high school. Each semester, about 250 to 300 high school students take part in the school-to-work program.
For Eric, the program means valuable experience working directly in his chosen field. When the football player graduates from Bay View High School, his roadmap to teaching will be laid out for him, and the encouragement of the MPS superintendent will always be with him.
To learn more about the school-to-work pipeline for MPS students, visit School-to-Work Transition Program.