SMMHS students explore career paths
EASTON — The St. Michaels Middle High School gymnasium was buzzing with students, recruiters and businesspeople during a career fair Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 5.
St. Michaels Rotary and Women’s Club partnered with the school to put on the event. Eleventh- and 12th-graders filed into the gymnasium first and completed three rotations speaking with various recruiters, while sophomores
and freshmen heard from job professionals in a second shift.
Talbot County Public Schools School-to-Career Facilitator Jodie Colombo said each student was given a “passport,” indicating which business’s table to visit based on the interests they selected on a survey given out prior to the fair.
The passports also had “prompting,” questions for students, to serve as ice breakers, such as “what type of degree or experience do you need?” and “what do you like about your work?”
Businesses and professionals at the fair included Eastern Shore Dronography LLC; Dave North with Aviation Week & Space Technology; Liza Ledford, movie production; Shore United Bank, Maggie Jarboe, sales; Don Goodife, business owner; Gloria Lieberman, sales, management and fashion; Amanda Edward with Edward Jones; Chick-fil-A; Altier Aveda Salon (Kent Island); Easton Airport; Easton Utilities; Choptank Transport; Phillips Wharf; Environmental Concern; Betty Ann Seabury, medical technology; Chesapeake College Nursing; Visiting Angels; YMCA; Shore Health; Talbot County Emergency Services; Susan Blankner, paralegal, HR; Lynda Barrow, teaching; Andrea Lange, education; National Guard; Jim Blankner, FBI; U.S. Marines, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office; and Kappa Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
“I’m interested in media, I like to do graphic design and a little bit of creative writing,” SMMHS senior Randei Collins said. “I’d like to get into a business where I can maybe create advertisements or do illustrations.”
Deborah Wooden, member of Kappa Theta Omega
chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., said the organization is helping high school seniors fill out financial aid and college applications.
Wooden also mentioned
#CAP, meaning college application process, a signature program designed help students through the college entry process. The organization had #CAP fliers on hand to distribute to students during
the career fair.
Wooden also said the sorority wants to get juniors to begin thinking about whether they will attend college or enter the workforce.
“If they do, we assist them in getting ready for that,” she said, reporting steady interest from students.
SMMHS junior Ashley Henckel said she took interest to the Marines and also opportunities working with environmental groups.
“It’s all pretty interesting, just the variety we have here,” she said.
Chesapeake College nursing recruiter and registered nurse Cortnie Allen was on scene to help guide those interested in the health professions and nursing.
Also present was Betty Ann Seabury, representing medical technology and nursing.
“I’m trying to introduce the kids to medical technology, because a lot of people don’t even know that that’s a field,” she said, explaining that medical technologists work in hospital and pharmaceutical firm laboratories, examining blood cells and samples to check for such things like liver and kidney functioning.
“You’re never going to run out of jobs in the health field,” she said. “It’s something you can rely on once you get through your education. You’re always learning; people are always coming out with new discoveries about medicine.”
Visiting Angels area director Brooke Christensen said she was encouraging students to become CNAs, or certified nursing assistants. The agency offers senior citizens non-medical home care, including house keeping, meal preparation, bathing and toileting assistance, and more.
“It’s a great stepping stone if you’re interested in nursing,” she said. “It’s a great job to have while you’re in school. It is something that is so needed.”
Visiting Angels area director Brooke Christensen, left, encourages students to become CNAs (certified nursing assistants), saying the position is in great need.
Easton Utilities was a popular business table during St. Michaels Middle High School’s career fair on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and offered hands on demonstrations to students.
The Eastern Shore Dronography LLC business table was popular with students during the Wednesday, Dec. 5, St. Michaels Middle High School Career Fair.