Career Day gives students a chance to look ahead

How quickly tomorrow can become today.

So there’s no time like the present to start thinking about the future. That’s what education is all about.

To that end, the Warren County School District (WCSD) in conjunction with the Warren Forest Higher Education Council (Hi-Ed) presented a career day for students on Thursday.

Eighth-grade students from throughout the WCSD converged on the gymnasium at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church to get a head start on thinking about the future.

According to Hi-Ed School-to-Work Coordinator John Lasher, 19 representatives from the area’s business and industry community took time to attend in an effort to let students know what they had to offer.

Additionally, Lasher said the Warren County Career Center sent representatives from five programs to showcase training opportunities here in Warren.

“They’re here to give an idea what the district has to offer,” Lasher said.

Students participated in a game integrating stops at various stations, which were grouped into different fields. Each presenter was given a letter which students could collect by interacting with that representative. Presenter in health care were given an ‘L’, business and financial services an ‘I’, manufacturing and job skills training an ‘F’ and public service and government an ‘E’. Students had to collect all four letters spelling ‘LIFE’ to receive credit for the activity.

“That way they’re actually interacting with the representatives,” Lasher said, “rather than just wandering until it’s time to get back on the bus.”

Lasher said that, although they still had their entire high school careers ahead of them, it’s important for students to start thinking about what they want to do after school.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for students getting ready for high school to look at careers,” Lasher said. “Recognizing they don’t know what they want to do yet, but they know what they like; it’s always a good idea to start to get an idea of what they might want to do.”