SMMHS stu­dents ex­plore ca­reer paths

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By KAYLA RIVAS kri­[email protected]­dem.com

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.”

PHOTO BY KAYLA RIVAS

Vis­it­ing An­gels area di­rec­tor Brooke Chris­tensen, left, en­cour­ages stu­dents to be­come CNAs (cer­ti­fied nurs­ing as­sis­tants), say­ing the po­si­tion is in great need.

PHO­TOS BY KAYLA RIVAS

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.

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