On Thursday, November 5, Mrs. Harlan’s High School Family & Consumer Science Class traveled to Manhattan on an exploratory college and career ready trip. Their first stop at Stone House Early Childhood Education Center, gave them a direct observation of a family centered facility for birth to 5 year olds. The Center for Child Development, just steps away in a larger building, gave them an opportunity to learn from teachers and students in 3-5 year old classrooms, both inside and outside. Next on the agenda, students gained exposure to an assembly line factory, as a tour of McCalls Pattern Company was one of the highlights of the day. Students then enjoyed lunch at the K-State Union food court, followed by an orientation to the College of Human Ecology by Andrea Feldkamp, Academic and Student Services Coordinator. Andrea enlightened students with possible areas of studies and careers within the realm of Family and Consumer Sciences, including: Dietetics, Family Studies & Human Services, Early Childhood Education, Interior Design, Human Nutrition, and Apparel and Textiles. While touring Justin Hall, students also had the opportunity to talk with a current student in her sophomore year. The last stop of the day was the Food Science Institute in Call Hall. Here students saw a presentation on jobs related to the food science industry and even toured a couple laboratories where food science experiments were taking place. This trip proved valuable for students to see firsthand the endless possibilities that their education could lead them to in the world.
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