Eighth-graders take first steps on career paths

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PICKENS – Eighth-grade students from across Pickens County took their first steps on the path to their future careers recently when more than 40 professionals came to the Pickens County Career and Technology Center to talk to students about prospective careers.

Students had the opportunity to learn about more than 35 career fields including manufacturing, medicine, engineering, military, entrepreneurship, law, veterinary medicine, graphic design, human resources, education, law enforcement, nursing and more.

Students were also introduced to corresponding programs at the Career and Technology Center that will enable them to achieve their professional goals.

“I don’t think students understand what opportunities are out there for them,” said Jeromy Arnett, chairman of the Pickens County Business Education Alliance, and employee of United Tool and Mold in Liberty. “They have to set a career path for what they are going to do when they grow up. Giving them the opportunity to research various careers is critical for them. The programs at the Career Center have been taking off ever since we started holding the career fair here, and that helps students get better prepared for the jobs we have to offer.”

“Beginning in the eighth grade, students are being asked to pick a career cluster to focus on as part of their individualized graduation plan,” said Jan Sparks, guidance counselor at the Career and Technology Center. “This career fair is an important piece in educating them about what classes they’ll need to take in high school to prepare for their future.”

This is the second year that the Career and Technology Center has hosted the career fair.


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