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Assignment: Education- Future Centers

Planning for Life After Graduation

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Walking through this door is like taking a step into the future.

"It's encouraging to see students coming and utilizing the services," said Heather Gosse, Future Center advisor.

Services which include helping all students from La Crosse Central, Logan, Aquinas and Onalaska Luther figure out what they're going to do after they graduate from high school.

"Just helping to connect students to the different resources that are there and already available to them to make a good decision and a decision that's the right fit for them," said Gosse. "So, they can pursue post-secondary education and be successful, as well."

Heather Gosse is one of two Future Center advisors housed within the high schools. She spends her days booking career speakers, helping students look for scholarships and setting up campus visits, like this one at UW-La Crosse.

"In the beginning, I really had no idea where I wanted to go," said Briana Spicer, Logan High School senior. "And I thought this definitely could narrow down my decision."


"I already know that I'm going to go here," said Alison Felt, Logan High School senior. "So, I just want to check out the campus and see everything and look at the classrooms and all the activities and how to sign up."

"It was really great because they had a chance to hear from an admissions representative to kind of find out what do I need to maybe get into college," said Gosse. "And they did a nice job of talking broadly about that."

A sample lecture from a UW-L professor was also a part of the tour.

"Sometimes students go into this thinking that professors are people that are scary and they can't go and talk to," said Gosse. "But they really dispelled a lot of those misconceptions because they got to see that they're there to help you. To help you be successful."

"I was incredibly nervous coming in to this because I had no idea what to expect," said Spicer. "But this has definitely calmed down my nerves knowing that everybody here wants to see you succeed."

This is exactly the message future center advisors want these students to hear. No matter what path they take to reach their goal.

"We know that not every student we work with is meant to go to a 4-year college and that's perfectly o.k," said Gosse. "There's a lot of great trade and technical and 2-year and 4-year programs, professional degrees. But it just depends on the student. Everybody's different. And it's really kind of figuring out what's best for that student so they can be successful."

This will, of course, help students open many doors into their future.

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