Career Planning In High School
Professor Ron West and Dr. Yair Maman Speak About How Career Planning Can Help the High School Dropout Rate
Professor Ron West, left, and Dr. Yair Maman, chair of programs in counselor education, represented the Touro Graduate School of Psychology at a recent Council of School Supervisors & Administrators event.
Dr. Yair Maman, chair of programs in counselor education at Touro’s Graduate School of Psychology (GSP) and professor Ron West, director of career education service at the GSP, were key speakers at a special March 21 event organized by the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (CSA). The CSA is the collective bargaining unit for 6,000 principals, assistant principals, supervisors and education administrators who work in the NYC public schools, and 200 directors and assistant directors who work in city-subsidized Centers for Early Childhood Education.
Addressing the audience of New York City district leaders and principals, Dr. Maman and West called on the school officials to implement career and college readiness programs throughout New York City’s public schools. Interns working at Touro’s Counselor Education Program have helped decrease dropout rates in several New York City high schools through counseling on career and college readiness, but more needs to be done, they said. Dr. Maman and West told the audience that communication is lacking between high school counselors and community counselors, leading to a “disconnect” about outside services that could be offered, such as academic interventions and information on career opportunities.
Touro’s Counselor Education Program was initiated by Dr. Maman in response to increased dropout rates and lack of interest among high school students in completing high school. The speakers said the environment in the public schools often is not conducive to enhancing students’ self-esteem or building their career prospects. The crowd cheered when West, one of the city’s top experts in career services, said he wasn’t satisfied that Touro’s program is lowering dropout rates in just several high schools: “Let us work together to implement effective school counseling programs in all of New York City’s high schools,” he said.