Denver cyber student gets taste of real working world

By on September 3, 2014

Achievement House Cyber Charter School student Victoria Fracica took real-life crash courses in her two potential career paths in her junior year, most recently participating in Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) at Lycoming College.

Victoria Fracica

Victoria Fracica

Fracica, of Denver, has contemplated entering either the medical or law professions for some time, and teachers at AHCCS encouraged her to participate in conferences that will help her explore her interests further.

“My aunt is a lawyer and my mom is a veterinarian, so I feel like I have experience in both careers and have struggled in picking a major,” Fracica said.

Last summer, thanks to an AHCCS teacher, Fracica applied for and was accepted into the National Youth Leadership Forum for Medicine in Los Angeles, which provided her with an extensive look at careers in medicine.

This summer, Fracica applied for and was awarded a $1,500 scholarship to participate in Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) after an AHCCS guidance counselor suggested the program. The event, held at Lycoming College in Williamsport, teaches students about free market economics, global competitiveness, management, marketing, and future careers under the guidance of mentors from the business community. Through discussion and collaboration, Fracica simulated the actual operation of her own business.

“I learned so much about business and marketing, which would be major if I go into pre-law,” said Fracica. “I wouldn’t have known to participate in any of these programs if it weren’t for Achievement House.”

According to AHCCS CEO Donald Asplen, encouraging students to participate in programs that provide real-world experience is an important aspect of the charter high school.

“We provide the flexibility and the resources to students to start the foundation for their careers and future successes,” said Asplen.

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