Colleen Edwards, Career Liason at the Wallenpaupack Area School District, is passionate about preparing students for life after school.


Colleen Edwards, Career Liason at the Wallenpaupack Area School District, is passionate about preparing students for life after school.


“Statistics show that American high school graduates are floundering because they have failed to make an informed career plan. Our school district’s goal is to guide students of all ages through a process to realistically prepare them for a more promising future. Studies show that students who begin planning their careers early are much more successful than those who wait until after graduation,” she explained in a mission statement to parents.


With that said, sixth grade students are participating in a new program titled “BizTown” operated by Junior Achievement in Pittston. “Students will study 21-lessons encompassing real world topics, such as work readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and business management,” she said. BizTown is set up to simulate a community. Students will be given a job, such as a bank teller, CEO, mayor, phone installer, etc. They’ll receive a pay check, repay business loans, make purchases and more. Edwards says the simulated economy and real world situations will promote life-long learning.


Students will visit the facility in December. The project is funded by a grant through Wall Street West, Edwards said.


Edwards was a sixth-grade teacher at Wallenpaupack for 20 years, prior to her new position.