DENNIS TOWNSHIP – A new café has opened in the township for fourth-eighth grade students serving up hot chocolate and career advice in the STEM fields, school officials said.

The Dennis Township Career Café got its start in November with Monica DiVito, guidance counselor, working alongside Julie Factor, media specialist, to help students take an online career assessment to help them find potential career fields to explore.

According to a statement, a “virtual job shadow” computer program also allows students to explore and understand different careers or career paths by following a day in the life of a professional.

DiVito says she and Factor are planning follow-up activities in the Career Cafe that will focus on specific “career clusters,” as well as preparing for job interviews and writing resumes for seventh and eighth grade students.

According to the federal Department of Education, there are 16 career clusters that link to more than 70 specific career pathways. Within those pathways, the DOE defines another 1,800 career specialties.

Career clusters include: agriculture, food and natural resources; architecture and construction; arts, audio visual technology and communications; business management and administration; education and training; finance; government and public administration; health science; hospitality and tourism; human services; information technology; law, public safety, corrections and security; manufacturing; marketing; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and transportation, distribution and logistics.

School officials said that the Career Cafe is a prelude to the planned Feb. 24 Dennis Township School Job Fair. They said that the next cafe is set Dec 6, and will focus on careers in the medical field.

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