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Career exploration: Program puts focus on middle school students

By John Marinelli, Sun staff writer 

Getting ready for what comes after graduation is a pretty critical task for students, and one that often falls by the wayside in the hectic environment of middle and high school.

That’s why educators in Yuma, with the help of business leaders, are introducing a new “career exploration” program in middle and junior high schools around the area that aims to get kids thinking about what they want to do after getting their diploma.

Dubbed the Middle School Career Exploration Project, it’s spearheaded by the Arizona Business and Education Coalition, or ABEC, a group of educational institutions, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies working together to improve Arizona’s educational system.

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ABEC Yuma County Locations

Centennial Middle School

2650 W 20th St, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 373-3300

Crane Middle School

4450 W 32nd St, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 373-3200

Castle Dome Middle School

2353 Otondo Dr, Yuma, AZ 85365

(928) 502-7300

Fourth Avenue Jr. High School

450 S 4th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 502-7000

Gila Vista Jr. High School

2245 S Arizona Ave, Yuma, AZ 85365

(928) 502-7100

Gowan Science Academy

1020 S Avenue C, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 539-1200

Ron Watson Middle School

9851 E 28th St, Yuma, AZ 85365

(928) 502-7400

R Pete Woodard Junior High School

2250 S 8th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364

(928) 502-7200

San Luis Middle School

1135 Main St, San Luis, AZ 85349

(928) 627-6920

Southwest Junior High School

963 8th Ave, San Luis, AZ 85349

(928) 627-6580