Seventh graders from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Calvary Christian, Indian Lake and host Riverside Schools on Oct. 13 talked with representatives from more than 35 professions in Logan County.
Youth Liaison Karen Sorreles from the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center helped organize the Career Day in conjunction with the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. Sorreles explains, “The goal of the Career Day is for students to get hands-on exposure to occupations that are well known, but also include the many positions they may have not heard about or come in contact with.”
Students asked questions of local people working in the areas of law enforcement, real estate, agriculture, graphic art, construction, cosmetology, broadcasting, various medical fields and much more. Students were assigned different tasks to learn more careers they, may have an interest in for their future. Students then interviewed the representatives, asking about typical work days, required education and what do they enjoy about their job?
Extensive career exploration is now an important part of the required curriculum for middle school students. This includes guest speakers in the 6th grade all the way up to job shadowing in the eighth grade. Sorreles said, “The Logan County Career Day is part of planting that seed so students can start to really consider their career path and what it takes to reach their personal career goals.”
This event was a suggestion made by the Logan County Collaborative. We hope to make this an annual event at Riverside Local School available each year to 7th grade students.
Submitted by Midwest Regional Education Service Center.