A new program in the La Crosse area is helping students figure out what they're going to do after graduation. This fall, four La Crosse Future Promise Centers opened up in area schools.
The idea behind these Future Centers is that all students need some sort of education after high school.
They are helping students like Molly Wichelt not stress out over a decision that will shape the rest of her life.
"Definitely because I don't want to forget anything. I don't want to be late on something. I want to get my applications in on time," said Wichelt, a senior at La Crosse Central High School.
Wichelt is still trying to figure out where she wants to go to college. However, the Future Center is helping her figure out which schools have physical therapy programs and how to apply.
"Our role is to help students navigate that process of exploring what best fits who they are and who they want to be in the future," said Andrew Lam, one of the four advisors in the new La Crosse Promise Future Centers.
They're located at Central and Logan high schools. There are also offices at Aquinas and Luther high schools for students who live within the La Crosse School District boundaries.
"Our role is not just to promote 4 year colleges. We just want to help students find the path to a meaningful career," said Lam.
The program is funded for three years thanks to $750,000 in private donations.
Former La Crosse Superintendent Jerry Kember is helping lead the Future Centers, as they try to make a difference in students' lives.
"I'm really glad that they have this here to help me try to figure out what I want to do because a year ago I had no idea what I wanted to do. Now, I'm starting to get a grasp on things," said Molly Wichelt.
Kember tells News 8 that if the Future Centers are successful, there could eventually be scholarship money tied to the program.