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Kara Pontius

Eastland - Fairfield Career Center
Career Readiness Coordinator
Beginning as an industry professional in Business & Marketing, Kara entered career tech when she joined Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools in 2017. In 2018, Kara transitioned to the Career Services Specialist role where she was responsible for providing career exploration and planning services to students K-12 in six of Eastland-Fairfield's associate school districts. During her three years with the Career Services department she assisted with creating, promoting, and providing career exploration opportunities for students ranging from Summer Camps, Open Houses, Visitation Days, and New Student Celebrations.
Kara was presented with an opportunity to support Eastland-Fairfield staff and students with their Work-Based Learning measures in May 2021. Since that time, Kara has worked to provide professional development to staff and students regarding the new WBL compliance measures, Eastland-Fairfield processes, and tracking work hours for students who are participating in WBL. Working closely with the Assistant Superintendent, Kara has helped provide WBL training and support for Eastland-Fairfield's Career Tech Planning District. In addition to Work-Based Learning, Kara works with Eastland-Fairfield's Business Partnership Coordinator, counselors and lab instructors to promote the 4-E's (Education, Enlistment, Employment, Entrepreneurship) to students as they prepare for their "Next" after high school graduation.