Killingly High School is committed to providing quality Career Education in a wide variety of occupational sectors. Career-Technical education, funded with a combination of district resources, federal Perkins Grant funding and the Learning for Life Fund. Killingly is unique in our ability to offer all the academic courses, athletic opportunities and extra curricular clubs and activities of a comprehensive public high school, while offering exemplary career-technical education and vocational education typically found in a magnet school setting. Our focus on developing career-ready graduates includes a Career Pathway program with 29 pathway options.
Killingly's four-year curriculum in Career Education
- Freshmen are introduced to Career Education through presentations provided by QVCC faculty representing a diverse array of professions and vocations;
- Sophomores investigate career options through a series of in-school Career Presentations provided by a wide cross-sector of the business and professional community from throughout the region;
- Juniors explore specific careers of their interest through individually scheduled Job Shadow experiences - a completed Job Shadow is a Performance Graduation Requirement (PGR) for all KHS students;
- With the help of guidance and Career Counselors, Seniors identify a career path and the college, military or industry training program that will best prepare them to reach their career goal.
Donna Grant, LMSW - Career Center Coordinator
Congratulations to the 110 graduates of the Class of 2019 who completed 179 different Career Pathways!
Congratulations to the 2019 Inductees to the Career Pathway Hall of Fame
Ms. Carla Demers, Class of 1980 Accounting Pathway
Ms. Susanne Davis, Class of 1978 Journalism Pathway
Career Day is a wonderful partnership between Killingly High School, local businesses, state agencies, and branches of the military who make themselves available for students to discuss career options, employment criteria, and educational requirements for employment in their company or occupational sector.
The Job Shadow program at Killingly High School is a performance graduation requirement for every student. Job Shadows are intended to be an opportunity for experiential learning in the work environment. These experiences are identified by the student in the careers of their choice. Career exploration is a priority in student learning at Killingly High School as these experiences are instrumental in shaping a student's understanding of the next steps required in designing their best future.
Michael Herklots, Killingly High School Class of 1998
Founder of the Learning For Life Fund
Michael Herklots is a 1998 graduate of Killingly High School, and a 2002 graduate of the Berkeley College of Music in Boston. He relocated to New York City immediately following college graduation, and is currently Vice President of Retail and Brand Development for Nat Sherman International. Prior to joining Nat Sherman, Herklots worked for Swiss Luxury company Davidoff of Geneva running retail operations in New York. However, despite Michael’s love of his new urban lifestyle, he never forgot where he came from. In fact, Michael began to work with his new professional colleagues, and his birthday, to develop the Killingly High School Career Center Learning for Life Fund. This fund, generated through birthday gifts from generous colleagues, has grown to almost $500,000 to support Career Education at Killingly High. This effort earned him a nomination for, and ultimately the award of the Connecticut Association of Schools 2018 Distinguished Friend of Education. Michael takes great pride in giving back to his hometown community, and encourages all KHS alumni to join him in ensuring a quality and enriching educational experience for all KHS students for generations to come.