University of Akron engineering student and Class of 2015 LHS graduate Sam Borick returned to LHS recently to extol the virtues of West Shore Career-Tech classes and how they gave him a significant boost both financially and acedemically heading into college.
Sam, who graduated in 2015, spoke to students in his former West Shore programs - Networking Cisco and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) - and the information technology elective classes to help students understand the value of taking advantage of the West Shore programs and how that translates to college success, savings, and internship opportunities.
$23,605.64 is what Sam estimates the 29 test credits and 22 transfer credits earned during high school saved him in college costs by participating in the West Shore programs along with traditional AP courses. Sam explained to students that by taking advantage of opportunities offered in high school, he was able to save one year of college. Sam expects to graduate from the University of Akron in three years.
Sam shared some valuable advice with students when talking about his PLTW senior project: "Never be afraid to fail." Sam credits his hands-on courses at West Shore with opening doors to internship opportunities at Hyland Software and Timekeeping Systems Inc.
At West Shore, Sam developed important skills businesses are looking for including communication, problem solving, teamwork, and learning to ask the right questions. In closing Sam encouraged students to "Build your experience with small projects. Your projects don’t have to be huge. Just play around with something you think is cool, it may just land you a job."
Sam's advice and entrepreneurial spirit is an inspirational example to students and shows the value of career-technical education in developing skills for college and career readiness. Thank you, Sam for giving back to your alma mater. We wish you continued success!