Tasting Careers

Fifth-grade students throughout the county had a hands-on day during Career Day at the Warren County Career Center.

Students spent a half day exploring three different occupations, the skill set needed for the job, and then got hands-on with different activities to understand the opportunities they will have at the Career Center.

Career Day used to have the students hit all 14 different occupations at the WCCC in a day as ninth graders – a lot for fifth graders or ninth graders, WCCC Guidance Counselor John Bonavita said.

“Instead of showing them the entire facility, we broke them up into clusters of skilled areas – auto collision, auto tech and small engine, as an example,” Bonavita said. “By doing that they are going into each area, the instructor is giving them an overall view of what they do there and then getting into the occupations that are associated with that skill set.”

Russell Elementary students watched and helped first-year WCCC student Mike Thomas balance a tire in Automotive Technology.

“We showed them around our shop and the actual things we’re working on…how to disassemble and how to actually put a tire on, how to properly air it up and go over to the computerized spin balancer and we let them actually get involved with spin balancing the tire, putting the wheel weights on, different things like that,” Automotive Technology teacher Gary Bish said. “The kids seem to like it. It’s something different for them.”

In electronics, students learned how to make a circuit; in cooking, students helped bake cookies; and in building construction occupations, students made shelves.

Touring the WCCC in fifth, eighth, and ninth grades allows students to see and think about occupations they might pursue before they are able to enroll when they are in the tenth grade, Bish said..

“This way it gives them something different to think about towards the future,” he added.

First-year WCCC student Joel Haight gave students a tour of the welding program including projects they work on and what type of career they can have after graduation. Fifth-grade students were able to help out with mig and arch welding.

“We are showing them MIG welding…giving them a wide variety of what they can do if they get here and what they can do afterwards into their future,” Haight said. “Most of them are really enjoying it.”