Forbush and Starmount middle school students attended a career fair on Friday at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College in Yadkinville. The goal of the event was to get students thinking about possible job opportunities they may want to consider as they plan for their future.
More than 30 local businesses were represented at the event ranging from funeral homes to insurance agencies, farms, trucking, EMS, health care, construction, manufacturing and more.
“Our goal is to provide the students with information about the current job outlook, work environment, salary, the types of skills needed, helpful high school courses needed, and the educational requirements for a variety of careers as they prepare to be college and career ready upon graduation,” said Donna Reavis, career development coordinator for Yadkin County Schools.
This is the first year a joint career fair event has been held for Forbush and Starmount middle school students. Forbush Middle School Principal Kelly Kirkland said teachers have been working with students in preparation for the event, helping them come up with questions to ask each of the businesses represented.
“It’s been impressive for me to see our kids talking to adults and getting information. They seem to be excited about it,” Kirkland said.
Abby Salas, instructional coach for the middle schools, said it’s a good first step in getting students prepared for high school and beyond.
“A lot of them don’t know what they want to do in life so it’s just an opportunity for them to see what’s around them in this area,” she said.
The exposure is great for students to see the many career options in and around their home county, said Chamber of Commerce Director Bobby Todd.
“It’s a great chance to plant a seed of what types of opportunities are available here,” Todd said. “Some of the kids I’ve spoken to had no idea of some of the things that go on in Yadkin County.
“We really appreciate our partners coming and participating from the medical field, trucking field, manufacturing and more,” Todd added.
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