An innovative program designed to give junior high school students a jump on what they will face when they eventually enter the job market enters its second phase Wednesday, Oct. 10, at various venues in town.
“Career Discover Day” is an ambitious project first envisioned by state Sen. Susan Paddack, D-Ada, to encourage students at a young age to start thinking now about choosing a career and to understand what options are available, even if they change their minds at a later date.
The first such event, exclusively for eighth-graders, was held in January. Wednesday’s career day is designed for ninth-graders. “We told last year’s eighth-graders, this year’s ninth-graders, that we would keep up with them until they graduated, so events scheduled Wednesday are designed for them,” said Monica Neal, senior vice president of corporate services for People’s Electric Cooperative. Neal said this year’s new crop of eighth-graders will get their career day opportunity in January 2013.
“All area schools are involved — Ada, Allen, Byng, Latta, Roff, Stonewall and Vanoss — with a total of about 500 kids participating,” Neal said.
Venues include East Central University, Pontotoc Technology Center, the Chickasaw Nation, Vision Bank and the Council on Law Enforcement, Education and Training (CLEET). Tours and instruction will be hosted by Valley View Regional Hospital, Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Pontotoc County Courthouse, Kerr Lab, The Ada News, SCORE Broadcasting, McSwain Theatre, and Holcim Cement.
Those interested in a possible career involving aeronautics will hear from representatives of General Aviation Modifications Incorporated (GAMI) and Chickasaw Nation Aviation. Those interested in information, technology and engineering have the opportunity to learn about robotics.