Rahway Students Envision Their Futures While Visiting Kean And Elizabethtown Gas

Kelsey Williams discusses her experiences on the Rahway High School World Class Students’ field trip to Elizabethtown Gas with guidance counselor and club sponsor, Robert Zech. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

RAHWAY — Recently, 29 students from Rahway High School were taken on a journey that linked education and career. In the spirit of establishing a ten-year plan, students in the World Class Students Program were given a tour of Kean University and Elizabethtown Gas.

The World Class Students Program is a joint venture sponsored by the Rahway High School Guidance Department and Elizabethtown Gas Company. This program utilizes the Learn More Now, Do More Now, Earn More Later Student Achievement System (www.LearnDoEarn.org), a national initiative managed by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Kean University’s trip included a presentation by the dean of students, a tour of the college grounds, and lunch in the campus cafeteria. This visit was followed by an exploration of Elizabethtown Gas Company’s corporate operations.

Timothy Williams, Manager of Community Outreach for Elizabethtown Gas Mid-Atlantic Region, introduced the students to various personnel. Students were given a lesson from an engineer, listened in on customer service calls, learned how to find gas leaks, and discussed meter reading with employees from that department.

Malik Jeter, a junior at Rahway said the trip “made me look at my future. Before this, I was not sure about whether to go to college or to imagine that I would work for a company like Elizabethtown Gas, but now I know I can do something significant with my future.” Another junior, Kelsey Williams, found that the visit to Kean “helped inform me more about the qualifications for getting into Kean and other colleges, which helps me to prioritize myself more to get into the college of my choice.”

According to Robert Zech, a Rahway High School guidance counselor and club sponsor, “It is our intention to continue to instill in our students’ minds the understanding that the link between education and career is vital to success. Future trips will be designed to establish and concretize our students’ ten year plan.”


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