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Group Offers Teens Pathways To Job Success Expert To Instruct Parents On Ways To Lead Children To Rewarding Career

A group of Spokane businesses and schools has invited more than 20,000 parents to come learn how their teenagers can prepare for well-paid careers.

The consortium, called Pathways, wants parents to hear this message:

The right planning in high school can unlock a future with well-paying jobs in Spokane. The keys include getting an early start and realizing that two-year professional-technical programs after high school will set many young people on a strong earning track.

Pathways is bringing professional-technical educator Susan Quattrociocchi to Spokane. Quattrociocchi, who has a doctorate in education, is director of the Northeast Tech Prep Consortium at Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, Wash. She’ll speak Tuesday in Spokane with parents, teachers, counselors and businesspeople.

“Make sure your teen is learning real skills,” Quattrociocchi advises parents. “Because of widespread grade inflation, you cannot assume that good grades are proof of successful learning.” She also encourages parents to find ways to reduce the costs of higher education.

Quattrociocchi will talk with parents at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Doubletree Inn on Sullivan Road in the Valley. The 75-minute presentation is free. Organizers expect more than 500 parents to attend.

She will talk about why young people who start into a four-year college program after high school often fail to complete their degrees and what parents can do to help their youngsters succeed.

Tuesday’s talks are the kickoff for Pathways in its attempt to get the public thinking more about school-to-work programs.

Pathways is hoping to carry on a “three- to five-year conversation with the Spokane community about how to prepare young people for strong technical careers,” said Ted Clark, group coordinator.

Pathways business sponsors include Spokane Teachers Credit Union, Kaiser Aluminum, KXLY News 4, United Lithographers and the Doubletree Inn in the Spokane Valley. School districts in the group include Spokane School District 81, Central Valley, East Valley, West Valley, Mead, Riverside, Medical Lake, Pullman, as well as the Community Colleges of Spokane.

“Most parents really, really want their children to further their education after high school,” Quattrociocchi said. “And they’re correct, they should.”

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: Pathways presentation Educator Susan Quattrociocchi will talk with parents at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Doubletree Inn on Sullivan Road. The 75-minute presentation is free.

This sidebar appeared with the story: Pathways presentation Educator Susan Quattrociocchi will talk with parents at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Doubletree Inn on Sullivan Road. The 75-minute presentation is free.

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