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Education

April 6, 2014

Kokomo Area Career Center

This is part of a regular series featuring a student and an employer involved in the Kokomo Area Career Center’s School-to-Work program. Any employer or student interested in the School-to-Work program should call James Stradling, KACC director, at 765-455-8021.

Student’s Name: Cheyanne Monroe

Parent: Carol Monroe

High school: Kokomo High School junior

Career plans: child care or nursing

KACC instructor: Cathy Griffin, early childhood education

Internship Placement: Finding Me Now Child Care, 103 W. Southway Blvd.

Supervisor: Amanda Walden, assistant director

Cheyanne Monroe’s thoughts:

“As a second-year student in early childhood education, I completed information for my Partnership and Applied Career Training internship and was approved to work at Finding Me Now Child Care. I chose this particular child care center because my stepbrother and stepsister attend Finding Me Now Child Care. The first day seemed hectic since many of the children were boarding buses to attend preschool at several public schools. I feel like my organizational skills have improved because of this internship. I was well prepared for my PACT assignment after two years of early childhood education with Mrs. (Cathy) Griffin at the Kokomo Area Career Center. Next school year, I am taking the certified nursing assistant class at the career center to see if that is something I would like better. I am glad the Kokomo Area Career Center gives us these opportunities to explore career options.”

Amanda Walden’s comments:

“Finding Me Now Child Care is a preschool, as well as a daycare center. We provide a curriculum, and we are in the process of applying for accreditation. Finding Me Now Child Care provides transportation to Kokomo, Taylor and Western preschools from our business location so that parents can be assisted with their schedules. The Kokomo Area Career Center gives students a hands-on learning experience so they can see if this is a field they would like to enter as a career. Cheyanne helps students board our buses, and she also does table activities with the children. Cheyanne was shy when she first came to Finding Me Now, but she has become more and more outgoing. This experience will be beneficial for Cheyanne’s future because she will know if she likes child care as a career. This experience also can be very helpful when Cheyanne decides to have her own children.”

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