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Clay City High School hosts career fair

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Representatives from over 40 businesses, employment centers, colleges and universities were present at Clay City's Jr./Sr. High School fair on Wednesday. [Order this photo]
CLAY CITY---- Clay City Jr./Sr. High School hosted a college/career/agriculture fair Wednesday, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the school. This was the first year the school has hosted this type of event.

More than 40 representatives were at the event, from colleges and universities, businesses, military branches and employment centers.

Coordinating the event was Jennifer Ross, Clay City guidance director, and agriculture teacher Pat Powell.

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Students at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School speak to representatives from the Army National Guard at Wednesday's fair. [Order this photo]
Ross said she and Powell focused on bringing in representatives from many different career paths.

"Whether our students go to college, directly into the workforce or join the military, we wanted to give them options today," Ross said. "We also realize many of our students may be interested in getting involved in agriculture in their futures, so we tried to have a lot of agricultural representatives as well."

Representatives at the fair included Pioneer, University of Southern Indiana, Crane Army Ammunition Activity, Ivy Tech Community College, Lake Land College, Work One, Clay County Soil and Water, Becks Hybrid, Purdue Extension Office, The United States Navy, Army and National Guard, Clay City Medical Center, Ceres Solutions, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Vincennes University, among others.

Students who attended the fair were given a task to go on a scavenger hunt and ask questions at different booths.

"We want them to ask the representatives about what careers they offer, what they have available, things like that," Ross said. "We wanted the students to ask questions so they can be engaged and interact with the people here."

Once students completed their scavenger hunt, they were rewarded with a prize for their participation.

Ross said it's important to get students thinking about their futures while they're in jr./sr. high school.

"We have grades 7-12, but we feel it's not too early to get students thinking about their future careers," Ross said. "These fairs also help them see what dual credit classes can be utilized at our school for college credit and what agricultural opportunities are available for them. This fair is taking place right before we begin scheduling classes for next year, so it will help students think about what they should be pursuing."

Senior Callie Dayhuff, a Future Farmers of America (FFA) participant, said she wished a career fair like this had happened when she was a freshman.

"I plan on majoring in agriculture, and I think it's really important to see kids interested in agriculture," Dayhuff said. "Agriculture really is the future of the economy and we need to get more students interested in it."

Dayhuff was part of a group of students that led other students around classrooms in the afternoon for a look at agricultural opportunities.

"We'll have nine agriculture presenters in classrooms," Dayhuff explained. "I'll be taking a group around. It should be great because it will give students an opportunity to talk one-on-one to presenters about agriculture and how they can be a part of it."

Jeff Bell, principal of Clay City, was excited with the result of the fair.

"Powell and Ross did a great job putting this fair together," Bell said. "It provided great information about careers, colleges and agriculture opportunities available. It also helped students realize what dual credit classes they could utilize at our schools."



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