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Students get glimpse of future with inaugural career fair
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
April 10, 2013 09:23 AM | 902 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Walker speaks to students, from left, Rashell Gallen, 11, daughter of Lauren and David Gallen of Hiram, Nicole Covington, 12, daughter of Pam and David Covington, of Hiram and Nile Francis, 12, daughter of Zaina Francis of Hiram during a career fair at Grace Baptist Christian School last week.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Walker speaks to students, from left, Rashell Gallen, 11, daughter of Lauren and David Gallen of Hiram, Nicole Covington, 12, daughter of Pam and David Covington, of Hiram and Nile Francis, 12, daughter of Zaina Francis of Hiram during a career fair at Grace Baptist Christian School last week.
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Grace Baptist Christian School in Hiram invited 10 professionals to speak to its students at its inaugural career fair last week.

Michelle Volk, mother of a Grace student, and Principal Felecia Mays worked together to plan the event to give the students a chance to realize for which careers they have the potential.

The fair was for sixth- through 12th-graders. Students traveled to different class rooms where the professionals would speak on what they do, and what it takes to get into the field. Students signed up for different speakers in the fields they wanted to either go into or wanted to learn more about.

“The average student should have an idea of what they want to do before they get to high school,” Mays said.

Volk and Mays gave students a chance to tell them what kind of careers they are interested in, and then brought in men and women from those fields. The school hosted a firefighter; forensic scientist; orthodontist; judge; court reporter; journalist; doctor; physical therapist and more.

“We did not just introduce them to jobs, but careers for the rest of their lives,” Volk said.

She said they wanted students to see they can have careers they enjoy, not just something they do every day to make money to pay bills.

“This will help them from changing careers later in life,” Mays said.

Next year the school would like to extend the event from a half day to a full day of speakers, to give students more time with each speaker. Also a longer day allows for more speakers.

Next year they hope to have between 20 to 25 professionals, Volk said.

The event helped focus students to look toward the future, and motivated them to see the options they have moving forward.

“I hope they begin to see themselves after high school,” Mays said.
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