Students and Parents

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The difference between wanting and knowing what’s best for your children can be a frustrating divide, especially when it’s time to talk seriously about their future career options.

You might be asking yourself, ‘Why in the world does my eighth-grader need to worry about that now?” The simple answer is because the course choices your child makes going into his/her freshman year of high school could very well affect the career pathways available to him/her down the road.

And while it may not always seem so, your guidance and influence form the foundation on which those future adult decisions are based. The truth of the matter is no one knows your children as well as you do: their strengths, their weaknesses, their quirks, their ambitions. You are their absolute best resource and their No. 1 advocate.

For that reason, we want you to have all the information you need to help them begin to make informed decisions. Each industry highlighted below not only outlines what it takes to succeed in a given field but offers sample occupations, general education requirements and average salary ranges:

Aerospace and Aviation
Computer & Information Technology
Engineering & Design
Hospitality & Tourism
Shipbuilding & Repair
Public Service

We hope that you find this website and its resources helpful in guiding your child into a meaningful career!


Best Regards,

SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Steering Committee