PIQUA — It’s always good to think ahead, especially when you are young and trying to figure out your future.
With the help of College and Career Day at Piqua High School on Friday, 30 colleges and over 35 companies from across the state were on campus to lessen the fog on students’ life paths and create a clearer understanding of the colleges and careers available after their high school days are over.
Each grade participated in different aspects – freshmen chose five different careers they were interested in, with representatives of each company discussing the career that relates to their work; juniors and seniors picked five different colleges they were interested in to discuss the areas of studies offered at their school; and sophomores took the PLAN test to help them prep for the ACT test.
Also on campus were different apprenticeship programs that were brought to students’ awareness for those who wish to start a career immediately after high school.
In its fifth year, the program has many benefits and was successful this year, according to guidance counselor Beth Rosenkranz, who coordinates the event.
“What I hear from college representatives is they love this (program),” Rosenkranz said. “They always have an audience because it is school-wide … the presenters said this was a great group of students, and they asked a lot of questions. They were overall very impressed.”
With some college and career fairs, they are sometimes only voluntary for students to attend at their own leisure. By making the event mandatory to attend at the high school, it makes better use for everyone’s time.
College and Career Day creates connections – even with the teachers.
“It exposes the teachers to other teachers in universities,” Rosenkranz said. “There was a teacher with mostly students who wanted to go to the workforce, and so that teacher connected with those people in apprenticeships.”
Students filled out a survey at the end of the event to provide input on how effective the event was for them. Most students replied with positive feedback, with some comments stating that they “like knowing what it was like to be in a career for a day,” and that they learned “what it takes to do a certain job.”
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