Marie Rutz always has an open door, a bowl of chocolates and a listening ear for any student at James Wood High School who wants to talk about their future. As a Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) career coach, Rutz spends three days a week at James Wood High School helping students prepare for life after high school and easing the transition into postsecondary education.
"The desire to make a difference in students' lives inspires me to come to work every day," she said.
As a career coach, Rutz assists students in developing career plans, serves as a liaison to LFCC and other institutions, connects students with business and industry and critiques student résumés. "I do my best to encourage students in whatever career field they believe is right for them," said Rutz, a Winchester resident. "I believe that it is a matter of taking the students' dreams and assisting them in developing their dreams into promising careers. It is rewarding to know that I have shared a little part in helping a student reach his or her goals."