Minds Inspired wraps up another session

Students pose with mentors and presenters from Dart. Ten John Gray High School students took part in the six-month Minds Inspired Career Mentoring Program, which wrapped up on June 28.

Dart recently hosted the final session of its Minds Inspired Career Mentoring Program.

Ten John Gray High School students took part in the six-month mentoring program, which wrapped up on Tuesday, June 28.

The Minds Inspired Education Program promotes education and fosters academic excellence in math and science.

During the program, the students visited Dart’s offices to gain hands-on experience from mentors working in fields such as law, asset management, human resources, engineering, accounting, golf management and operations. The students saw a diverse range of work areas and roles, and heard from the company’s senior leaders and executives.

“Dart is a company of many industries, departments and specializations,” said Dart CEO Mark VanDevelde.

“We were able to provide the students with a look inside the many study and career opportunities in Cayman without having to leave the building. That is something that as a company, we are proud to be able to accomplish through our Minds Inspired Education Program.”

For the final session, the group heard from the president of Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd., Jackie Doak, who talked about Dart’s 10-year development plans.

“These 10 young, aspiring minds are the future of Cayman, and I wanted to share Dart’s vision for the future with them,” said Ms. Doak. “The students were enthusiastic about the 10-year plan and the proposed developments, and I hope that by sharing this they now have an understanding of what the future can hold.

“The sky is the limit.”

Wes Heistand, an educator at John Gray High School, said the students and the school appreciated the partnership that has been created between the school and Dart.

“The monthly mentorship meetings exposed students to jobs and industries that were previously unknown to them,” he said. “The opportunity, time and resources that were invested into our students will surely pay dividends in the future.”

The students also found the sessions beneficial, as they provided them with a real-world learning experience and gave them some insight into the business world.

“I appreciated the one-on-one meetings that helped me understand things about the real world and how to achieve your goals in life,” said Troy Powery.

“The Dart mentoring program has exposed me to many career paths available in the Cayman Islands, and taught me many skills that prepared me for the world of work,” added Allison C. Tatum. “By attending this programme I was able to shape my future in the way that fits me best.”

In addition to working with mentors, the students attended presentations from a number of professionals about their industries and projects related to their jobs. Presenters covered topics that included careers in information technology, construction management, marketing, law, various accounting qualifications and the One Young World conference.

“I have taken away different leadership strategies which I hope to use at school and in the workplace,” said student Najah Lewin.

“This experience has also expanded my mind regarding numerous occupations and I now have a clearer path for my future.”

To learn more about the Minds Inspired Education Program please visit www.mindsinspired.ky.