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Roadtrip Nation RV to Stop at SCF Bradenton

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 22, 2015) – The Career Resource Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) uses Roadtrip Nation, an online tool for students struggling to determine a career path that includes interviews with professionals at the top of their career about what motivated them to succeed. Filmed by students from across the country who are trying to find their career passion, these videos are designed to help others find their path to a personally rewarding profession. One of the 35-foot Roadtrip Nation RVs used to transport the road trippers/interviewers (more than 500,000 miles) is making a stop at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 to raise awareness of the resource.

Roadtrip Nation was founded 15 years ago by three college graduates who were still trying to define their career paths after they earned their degrees. They travelled the country seeking out professionals from all walks of life who succeeded in building careers around their own unique combination of interests and videotaped their stories. In the process, the three found their niche and the videos and other information have been compiled into books, a television series and, most recently, online educational curricula.

Three of the 12 lessons that make up Roadtrip Nation were taken for a test drive by the 18 students enrolled in SCF’s Summer Bridge Program, which allows selected low-income high school seniors from Manatee and Sarasota counties to get a jump-start on college.

The State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS), a charter school providing sixth through 12th graders with the opportunity to simultaneously complete high school and earn an associate degree, is using the specially designed high school and middle school Roadtrip Nation curricula with eighth and 10th graders. Roadtrip Nation will be incorporated into SCF’s college-level career planning courses in the future.

Friday’s visit by the Roadtrip Nation RV will include opportunities for SCF students to tour the vehicle, which serves as a place for people to share thoughts and for students to think about the future and where they see the road taking them. Messages from previous visitors cover the RV’s inside walls. Some offer life advice, some share passions. There also will be a prize wheel and giveaways. The RV will be parked near the Robert C. Wynn Gymnasium, building 17. Maps are available at scf.edu/maps.

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