Carpe Diem’s college, career fair tests students’ skills

3/20/2014, 4:01 p.m.
Carpe Diem-Aiken students explore post-high school options at College Career Fair

Carpe Diem-Aiken, which opened in August 2013 on site of the original Aiken High School in College Hill as the first charter school sponsored by Cincinnati Public Schools, held its first College & Career Fair on Feb. 7, where students explored their post-high school educational and professional opportunities. It was the final test for the “CCPA,” or the “Career, College Planning & Advising” class taught by Yolanda Cooper, Director of Student Services.

Carpe Diem-Aiken’s 7th through 12th grade students learn using utilize a learning model, combining individual digital learning with classroom instruction. Working at their own pace, students are assessed daily, based on their individual learning plan.

In the CCPA class, Cooper advises students how to identify potential careers, colleges and other post-secondary options. They also learn how to give a professional handshake and professionally introduce themselves. “The College & Career Fair gave our students the opportunity to put into action what they have learned,” commented Cooper. “I did not want this to be an event where the students only walked around and grabbed information. It was equally important that they introduce themselves properly, state their purpose for being at the Fair and engage in conversation with the representatives.”

Fifty-five students met with staff and students from the University of Cincinnati, who represented five of their Colleges. Also in attendance were representatives from Cincinnati State Technical & Community College and Tri-County Beauty College.

For information about Carpe Diem-Aiken, including enrollment for the 2014-15 school year, call Yvonne Threat at 513-363-6600 or email ythreat@carpedioemaiken.com.