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What 8th Graders are Considering for Career Paths matters

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Posted at 5:30 AM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 11:13:42-05

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INDIANAPOLIS — More than 1 million Hoosier children go to school every year in nearly 2,000 schools.

Each school district is focused on empowering their students to achieve academically and possess the skills to perform well in college, or in the workforce.

Dean Ty Freed, at Vincennes University College of Technology, is not only focused on traditional and non-traditional students taking courses that can lead to available jobs — but also on those middle school students having discussions about what they plan to do in the future.

"Those students need to be thinking about math skills, communication skills and soft skills. They need to put their mind and hands together to get things done.”

Dean Freed also added, “The economy desperately needs people who are thinkers and doers."

Schools across the state are preparing to include a computer science curriculum for students from kindergarten through 12th grade, starting in July of 2021.

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