The pages in the appearance books were advised by chief clear architecture acceptance at Mercyhurst University.
She spent abundant of Thursday active about in the rain with about 800 appearance books in her car.
Jennifer Nygaard Pontzer was on a mission: Deliver the books to every academy in the burghal of Erie, and advice acquaint third-graders — 8- and 9-year-olds — to careers.
The pages in the appearance books were advised by chief clear architecture acceptance at Mercyhurst University for Career Street, the bounded workforce activity launched actuality in aboriginal 2014.
Every third-grader in Erie County — roughly 3,200 children, with about 1,000 of them in the burghal of Erie — will accept accustomed the appearance books by this week, said Pontzer, Career Street's controlling director.
"This is so these accouchement can alpha talking about what these careers attending like," Pontzer said. "At the third-grade akin they are aloof acceptable acquainted of careers, and these (coloring books) are a actual visual, concrete way for them to anticipate about careers."
Every third-grader countywide will accept a chargeless career analysis and acquaintance appearance book and crayons.
Mercyhurst approached Career Street about the project, a accord adjourned with about $3,000 from UPMC Health Plan and PNC Bank.
"Real-world audience are the best way to alternation architecture acceptance about affair and beyond applicant needs and requests," said Jodi Staniunas Hopper, armchair of Mercyhurst's art administration and assistant of the clear architecture chic that had 17 acceptance assignment on the project. "With the Career Street appearance book, our acceptance were able to accommodated a charge of a specific accumulation and advice acquaint adolescent bodies with their architecture solution."
Each folio in the almost 20-page book illustrates a distinct career, with careers including teachers, farmers, welders, doctors and librarians.
"I'm blessed to put these appearance books in the classrooms," Pontzer said. "It's for agents to use at academy and activate the chat about careers."
This is the aboriginal year for this appearance book project, and the action ability abide in 2018, Pontzer added.
Career Street in January 2014 accustomed a $225,000 admission from the Erie Community Foundation, acute startup allotment that was disbursed over a three-year span.
Since its inception, the action — now a affairs of the Erie County Vocational Technical School, 8500 Oliver Road, in Summit Township — has provided added than 18,000 career experiences, abutting adolescence to bounded businesses and accomplishment facilities.
Gerry Weiss can be accomplished at 870-1884 or by email. Follow him on cheep at twitter.com/ETNweiss.