Pathways, a BGCOKC program, provides Oklahoma County students the tools, resources, and confidence to graduate high school with a path to success. Whether this path is to further education in a college or technical center or pursue a career, we want them to be prepared!
The Pathways program aims to reach the following goals for each participant:
- asses which career would be a good fit
- participate in job shadowing and internships
- create a resume for employment and higher education purposes
- learn and practice soft skills and other critical thinking skills
- understand and practice basic life skills, including money management
Below are a list of career development opportunities included in the Pathways program.
This Way Ahead
This Way Ahead provides the next generation with their first jobs, mentoring, skills, and confidence they need to succeed. This program is designed for kids ages 16+ to complete workforce development opportunities, such as Career Launch, Money Matters, and Job Genius. After completing the program, members will then interview for paid, part-time sales associate roles at Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic. All hired members will be supported by a BGC job coach for the first three months of employment.
The goal of Career Launch is to help members explore a variety of careers, make educational decisions, and prepare to enter the workforce. Career Launch is a premier job-readiness and career-preparation program offering a variety of activities to hone teens' decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking abilities - all important for workplace success.
BGCOKC has partnered with the Chickasaw Nation Corporate Development Office to provide members with an opportunity to pitch a new business idea. Members work with a mentor to develop a business idea, write a business plan, and present the idea to community leaders. Prizes are awarded to the participants and a grand prize is awarded. Dream Pitch will be held Fall 2019.
Boeing UFO: Unlimited Flying Opportunities
To ensure Oklahoma students become inspired learners and prepared leaders who can solve the challenges of a world of emerging STEM careers, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County (BGCOKC) has developed and an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program called Unidentified Flying Opportunity (UFO). Due to the nature of the UFO program, BGCOKC and their partners feel this program has the interest level to successfully engage our members in learning opportunities and encourage them to explore careers in a STEM field. BGCOKC has partnered with community leaders in the UAV industry to develop curriculum and provide leadership, support, and resources for an effective STEM learning environment. Besides addressing essential theory and design concepts of today's UAV technology, the curriculum will include problem-solving activities that are aimed at enhancing student understanding.
Not only will you learn to fly a drone, but you will learn to build, program, maintain, and troubleshoot your drone in a collaborative setting.
For more information about Pathways, please contact Traci Mikulecky at [email protected] or (405) 602-5710.