1702 N. Main St.
Davenport, IA

AJ Smith, Graduate of Central High, Class of 2017

My Davenport Schools Story, CTE Edition: AJ Smith

The following “My Davenport Schools Story” is taken from interviews with recent graduates of our or Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs here at Davenport Community Schools. To read through our “2019 Highlights: Career Exploration for Davenport Youth” flip book and PDF, which features other alumni stories and details our extraordinary CTE program offerings, please visit: http://www.davenportschools.org/career-exploration-for-davenport-youth-2019-highlights-flip-book-and-pdf/


AJ SmithAJ Smith, Central High Class of 2017
Studying Finance and International Business at The University of Iowa

AJ’s high school field of study: Business/Finance

Reflections on college: I really enjoy the real life application of my business education. Every semester I learn something new about how the world works, and during every class I learn more about interacting and communicating with people from different backgrounds and walks of life.

His Davenport Community Schools advantage: My high school years refined the discipline and focus necessary for me to succeed in college. Hours spent studying for AP classes and Dual Enrollment courses translated into the practices I have continued into college, providing me with a competitive advantage in applying my coursework. My education strengthened my ability to effectively communicate and build relationships with people from all walks of life, a vital skill for success in college, in the business world, and in life. My favorite business class in high school was “Managing Your Personal Finances,” taught by Mr. Ryan. This class introduced me to concepts such as assets, liabilities, investing, budgeting, and balancing a checkbook. I paid attention each and every day in that class, perhaps more than any other class, because I knew that I would be applying the lessons I learned someday in the future to my own life.