Cooperative Education Spotlight- Melissa Pasquel
Melissa Pasquel, a senior from Mechanicsburg High School, has always known she wanted to do something with little kids when she grew up. So, during her 9th grade year, she filled out an application to attend Cumberland Perry AVTS, with hopes of landing one of the vacancies in the Early Childhood Education program. That spring, she received an acceptance letter and her career plan was on its way. After two successful and fun years in the program, a representative from The Children’s Center in Camp Hill, while assisting with the NOCTI testing, took notice of Melissa and her passion for little children. Melissa was soon offered a summer position with The Children’s Center. While working as a teacher’s assistant, she utilizes many of the skills that she learned the last 2 years. Planning and conducting daily activities, preparing educational materials, observe, record and report behaviors, and developing individual plans to meet needs of children are just some of those daily functions performed while working. By the end of the summer, Melissa and her employer didn’t want to part ways, so the position rolled into a Cooperative Education experience. Now, 4 days a week, Melissa leaves Mechanicsburg HS and reports to work and puts her skillset to good use. Melissa plans to stay on board until the fall, when she plans to attend Toccoa Falls College in Georgia and study Early Childhood Education with a minor in Music. Her career pathway is headed in the right direction.