Counseling center staff at Rock Hill High School officially opened the RoHi Den College & Career Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 15. With business community support, an ordinary classroom was transformed into a professional space that will serve students as they begin their next steps after high school. For more context on this project here’s an overview from Kristen Starcher, Career Counselor at Rock Hill High School:
“The purpose of the ROHI Den College and Career Center is to provide a professional space where students can receive help on career exploration and the college process. In the center, students receive a career curriculum where they take career assessments, research career clusters, learn about how their career will affect many facets of their life and expose them to a wide variety of career fields. This is done through classroom lessons but also through career lunches. The career lunches help connect community with our students. A professional from the community presents and educates our students on the realities of their career and offer suggestions regarding further education, scholarships and much more. The center is also utilized for other guidance and ABA events. In addition, parents can come in and help their students with career exploration. It’s purpose is to bring learning to life by investing in our students’ futures.”
The ROHI Den College and Career Center is funded through local sponsors and grants from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store (Rock Hill location), Family Trust Federal Credit Union, Rock Hill School District Education Foundation, and the Rock Hill High School Class of 1956.
Mrs. Starcher, who has been working to develop the center for three years, says that each sponsors contribution helped make the dream of transforming an ordinary classroom into a professional space and bridging the gap from school to their next steps after high school.