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High Point Public Schools have received Vocational Sex Equity Funds for students to explore nontraditional careers in the 1990-91 school year.

Project M&M, which stands for ``mentor and match,' is a career exploration program that will serve 40 high school students - 20 from Andrews and 20 from Central. It was a pilot project in the High Point Public Schools last year.Nontraditional careers are those that historically have been male- or female-dominated. The project will cover a variety of careers, from entry level to those that require four or more years of college preparation.

Based on their personality and preferences, students will be introduced to nontraditional careers and opportunities in careers where high technology is used. Each will be matched with a mentor, who will share information about the career and allow the student to shadow or work in the career area.

Students involved in the project will participate in activities designed to introduce them to technical and skill-related careers that promise to growth locally and nationally.

A review of employment data shows that not only will there be a demand for specialized, technically trained workers, but also the earning power for these workers will continue to increase.

Because more women are entering the work force, they need to be made aware of the careers once dominated by males that are available to them.

A Summer Institute of Technology was held for students in the Job Training Partnership Act Program at William Penn Alternative School. These students will participate in career seminars during the school year and work with career mentors.

For more information about the project, call advisory committee chairman Phil Dixon at 886-4191 or project coordinator Sara Quinto at 885-6181.

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