Op­por­tu­ni­ties abound

NCSS and DTC host fifth high school ca­reer expo

The Covington News - - School Beat - By Jenny Thompson

New­ton County Schools held its fifth Ca­reer Expo for high school stu­dents, hosted for the fourth year by DeKalb Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, Wed­nes­day morn­ing and af­ter­noon.

Sev­eral col­leges, branches of the U.S. mil­i­tary and lo­cal pub­lic safety or­ga­ni­za­tions, among oth­ers, sent rep­re­sen­ta­tives to speak with the stu­dents about their fields.

Al­mond Turner, as­sis­tant chief of the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment and New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion chair­man, at­tended the expo on be­half of the po­lice de­part­ment. He said ca­reer ex­pos are im­por­tant to any com­mu­nity that wants to re­tain highly skilled stu­dents af­ter they grad­u­ate.

“It gives the stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to see what ca­reers are avail­able here and to talk with the peo­ple in­volved in those ca­reers,” Turner said.

Turner added ca­reer fairs are vi­tal in in­spir­ing stu­dents who may not have an idea of what they want to do or help­ing stu­dents fi­nal­ize a de­ci­sion for the post-sec­ondary stud­ies.

James Young, se­nior at New­ton High School, said he plans to be­come a deputy for the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. He has a fam­ily mem­ber in the field, who helped him look at pay­ment op­tions.

“They’ll [ NCSO] pay for most of my col­lege and it’s [DTC] right across the street pretty much,” Young said.

New­ton High sopho­more Melody Mitchell said she­wants to study nurs­ing or some branch of medicine. She said the expo was ben­e­fi­cial to her be­cause she learned about a week-long sum­mer camp for high school stu­dents want­ing to study nurs­ing or medicine. Mi t c h e l l said she had not given much thought to whether she wanted to stay in New­ton County af­ter she ob­tains a de­gree.

“Maybe,” Mitchell said. “If the job was right.”

NCSS Youth Ap­pren­tice­ship Co­or­di­na­tor Cyn­thia Marvel said the expo grows ev­ery year with more stu­dents at­tend­ing and more or­ga­ni­za­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing by shar­ing in­for­ma­tion.

She said the expo is open to all high school stu­dents in the county.

“We know stu­dents need more ca­reer aware­ness be­fore their ju­nior and se­nior years,” Marvel said.

Ac­cord­ing to Marvel, ex­plor­ing the world of work be­fore the end of high school helps stu­dents make more knowl­edge­able de­ci­sions about cour­ses to take in high school as well as which schools to look into for post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

“Our teach­ers and our de­part­ment chairs have done a great job of get­ting the mes­sage out to stu­dents,” Marvel said, “and we have just great com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

Robby Byrd/The Cov­ing­ton News

Am­ple op­por­tu­nity: New­ton High School stu­dents wind their way through the aisles of the DeKalb Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Ca­reer Expo Wed­nes­day. Stu­dents from New­ton, Al­covy and East­side High schools par­tic­i­pated in the event.

Robby Byrd/The Cov­ing­ton News

Help­ful ad­vice: Casandra Wil­liams with The Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Cen­tral Ge­or­gia talks to New­ton High stu­dents Jas­mine Stevens (left), Ver­Ran Baynes and LaShundey Nol­ley.

Robby Byrd/The Cov­ing­ton News

School bound: New­ton High School stu­dent Erica Usher fills out an ap­pli­ca­tion for West­wood Col­lege at the DeKalb Tech Ca­reer Expo on Wed­nes­day.

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