Career Enrichment

Career Enrichment

Motivational Speakers & Role Models

During the Summer Academy various professionals (usually PUB alumni) hold discussions with PUB participants every Monday night. They talk about the steps they had to take to get from high school to where they are professionally, including the need to establish and work toward goals. In the Summer Academy, Thursday is “Dress for Success Day,” and so the speakers always include a discussion on the importance of appropriate attire. During the Academic Year, professionals may also come to target schools to address PUB members at their monthly meetings. 

College/Career Day

PUB’s Annual College/Career Day enlightens participants on the new century’s work place. It allows participants to gain insight on matching education to career paths. It also presents participants with role models from a wide variety of careers. College/Career Day serves the dual-purpose of providing professional development for seniors who help to implement the programming. 

Senior Seminar

Senior Seminar is PUB’s answer to the dilemma of seniors needing to work during the summer while still receiving services from PUB. The summer prior to participants entering their senior year of high school, they choose between taking a college class or working during the summer or both. They still attend The Summer Academy participating in twice-weekly, day-long activities which concentrate on  leadership development, financial planning and college research. Once the actual school year begins, their focus continues on activities designed to assure college entry and financial aid acquisition. 

eProfiles

Every PUB participant must put together a hard-copy portfolio. The binder contains a biographical statement with three-generation genealogy;  transcripts; honors, awards, and certificates; and a resume. Each section of the binder is updated annually and it is used at college fairs, employment interviews, or upon request for recommendations. During Senior Seminar, each participant transfers information from their binder into their eProfile and uploads their personal video so that admission officers, potential employers, and others may view their information electronically.

Career Exploration

PUB provides participants with the means to dream and determine how to achieve those dreams.  Using a career inventory, Careers Occupational Preference Survey (COPS), participants match personal characteristics with possible careers.  Then when they reach College Seminar, COPS is used as a starting point to find a good major/college/career match.

Leadership Development

During freshman and sophomore years, especially during the Summer Academy, participants receive training in leadership development. Then in the fall, delegates are chosen from among seniors to represent PUB at the Annual  Regional Student Leadership Conference  held in Illinois. It is sponsored by the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP). This conference provides interactions with TRiO participants from a ten-state region in a para-professional setting.

Both the state and regional student leadership activities involve competitive activities such as college bowls and oratorical contests. PUB delegates have represented the Project well by earning accolades as orators, outstanding student leaders, scholars, moderators, and entertainers. As pre-professional experiences, all student leadership conferences are dress-for-success occasions just as if participants were already career professionals.

National Student Leadership Congress

This is an opportunity for PUB participants to put all of the career and social as well as cultural skills that have been developed throughout their time in PUB into practice. Budget allowing, select participants are flown to Washington, DC where they become legislators in a mock Congress that generates and passes laws. This activity is coordinated by the Council for Opportunity in Education.

OU Day at the Capitol

Every March OU’s Office of Governmental Relations sponsors PUB participants and parents to join OU students, staff, and alumni on a day trip to the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. Participants get an opportunity to meet and interact with state legislators and other elected officials such as the Secretary of State. The itinerary also includes hearing the OU alumni panel talk about their college experience, observing the legislature in session, and a Capitol building tour.