Career Cruising: New faculty member showcases tools to help students’ futures

With the retirement of long-time counselor Cheryl Dewerff last spring, USD 376 brought in former Dean of Students at Sterling College, Tina Wohler, to fill the position.
Students looked forward to having Wohler in the building, and they have not been anything less than pleased with that she has been doing as a member of the SHS staff.

“It’s good having her here because she tries to be connected to the students,” senior Emma Horsch said. “It makes it easier for us to go to her when we need her. I love having her here.”

Principal Bill Anderson has seen great strides made in a positive direction since Wohler arrived and thinks that having her at Sterling High School has made it a better place.

“I am so grateful for the addition of Mrs. Wohler to our school district. She brings a great background in higher education, which supports our need for helping students plan for current classes and for making the transition out of our building,” he said. “I am also pleased with how much she is passionate about making connections with students and helping them navigate through all the changes and challenges they experience.”

Wohler herself has found the transition from college to high school has been a
welcomed one.

“I love working with the students. I don’t have as many meetings and things like that,” she said. “I have more direct contact with students, that is what I’m really enjoying. I’m not in charge of a lot of areas anymore, I can focus on these kids and their future. Helping them make plans and set up college visits and plan for their future is amazing.”

Among having more contact with students than in the past, Wohler has also had the opportunity to present Career Cruising, a program designed to use interest inventories to help students choose a career path, to seventh through 12th graders during the first semester.

“I think the big point is that they can go in and find out what careers would fit their interests, and look into those careers more. Some of those careers they may have never even thought about,” she said. “Career Cruising is a complete college and career planning program that is free for all Sterling Junior and Senior High students.
The user-friendly interface helps students satisfy five key career guidance needs like self-assessment, career exploration, post-secondary education planning, work search, portfolio development.”

According to Wohler, students are all being given new opportunities during the second
semester as well.

“I think in March we are going to have a half-day session for all students to help them plan for college and figure out what it’s going to take for them. That’s something we are going to do with the help of Heather Oden and Light Up the Dark,” she said. “I’m also planning on meeting with every student in the junior high and high school and their parents by the end of February or beginning of March. In January, we also have an ability profiler that we are going to give the juniors and seniors and that is going to help them find out what they’re stronger in, and if that matches up with the careers that they are interested in.”