AUTHOR: BEN WALTER
A fantastic trend is happening in public education, the creation of career and technology centers. These centers give high school students the opportunity to begin learning skills for industries like aerospace science, automotive technology, medical services, and our personal favorites graphic design, animation, and film making. By the time these students have finished their studies at a center, they are a class above many other students in their respective field and in most cases are ready to begin working with their skills in a particular industry.
We feel this is especially true with the creative arts these students are learning. They understand the basics of their craft and need only to gain more experience outside of the classroom and to practice their skills in real world applications. Understanding this value ODDFOLK holds to, we want to extend further opportunities to these students that do not follow the typical route of higher education through university studies.
University studies are intrinsically valuable, but in a world where student debt is increasing and a degree held from a university does not guarantee career advancement, an alternate route must be taken. That is where our relationship with these centers and school districts comes in.
Our goal is to present to each student the opportunity to apply for ODDFOLK’s residency program. A program that follows a loose curriculum based upon further honing the students craft, developing a robust resume, and imparting further work and life balance skills these students will need, to thrive in their creative careers. While in our residency the student will explore their passions and gifts, while earning a living wage, instead of accruing paralyzing student debt.
My hope would be to be allowed to speak to these individual classes about the opportunity they have to apply to ODDFOLK’s residency program, as an alternative to university education. While, also inspiring them to continue to hone their craft and to see the value in the skills they are developing.