Students Exemplify Strengths of CPS Initiatives
“Ni hao” may be a Mandarin greeting, but Aiken High School senior Andrew Dean can say ‘hello’ to a bright future no matter the language. That’s because his education and desire to learn know no boundaries. Andrew wants to work in international business and has taken advantage of programs through Cincinnati Public Schools to get hands-on experience.
This summer, he spent time with a host family in New Taipei City in Taiwan as part of an annual Cincinnati Public Schools student visit program coordinated by the Cincinnati Sister Association, a district partner.
“Taiwan has great history and is a hub in international business and trading,” he says. “I’m thankful that I was able to travel there and learn so much.”
Next, he may have the opportunity to go on another trip; this one to Munich, Germany. “With everything I did helping in Taiwan and helping get meetings and students organized, I was invited back for another experience,” he explains. “Now, we are just looking into funding and details.”
But even when he’s stateside, Andrew is getting practical business experience. Aiken emphasizes postsecondary education and career planning, and has partnered with GE to create opportunities for students to succeed on both fronts.
“I’m part of the GE Scholars program that starts for most students in their sophomore year,” says Andrew, “but you can still apply your junior and senior year. If you’re with them all three years, they’ll supply you with a laptop for college. You also have the opportunity to work with GE during your summers while you’re in college. I would love to take advantage of that opportunity.”
He is exploring his next steps, including possibly applying to the University of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of Business. “The guidance office just helped connect me to people at UC’s business school so that I can go up to shadow for a week, sit in on classes and see what the courses, students and professors are like,” says Andrew. “I’m considering applying to their Honors-PLUS program.”
The hands-on efforts of administrators and teachers to help him prepare for college and the future stand out to Andrew. “I really like the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative class,” he adds. “It’s an actual class that helps us get ready for things we will need professionally, including writing resumes, getting thank-you letters together and working on interview skills.”
Whether he goes to UC or heads to another school like the University of Southern California (another possibility on his list), Andrew is ready for the next adventure. The whole world is waiting for him.