Local high school seniors are making decisions and learning to be adults. Magazine High School counselor, Julie Raggio, and Booneville High School counselor, Ginger Ulmer, recently shared what prospects their students have.

80% of the students in Booneville and 74% of the students in Magazine have applied for post-secondary schools. Roughly have of the students at each school plan on attending a traditional four-year college. The schools they are attending are close, either the University of Arkansas Fort Smith or Arkansas Tech. The other students will be attending two year colleges or trade schools.

To help the students get ahead Booneville and Magazine offer many opportunities though the Western Arkansas Technical Center, UAFS, and ATU Concurrent courses. Students have the opportunity to take college courses beginning in the 10th grade. Students can take up to 12 college hours a term. These are at no cost to the students.

A small percentage of students have chosen to enter the workforce. The largest job market is either in the medical field with minimal training as home health aids or Certified nursing aids. BHS offers the CNA course and will pay for the certification test for student that qualify. Other options include Rockline and Wal-Mart. Other employment is found in the food industry with Sonic, McDonald’s, and KFC Taco Bell.