AMHS Hosts Annual Career Day

AMHS Hosts Annual Career Day
Posted on 11/01/2017
Chef Heather Pier and Pastry Chef Maggie Lorgoulloux have fun talking with students interested in careers in the food industry.One of the hardest things for a freshman to decide is what they want to do after high school. Alexandria-Monroe High School hosted its annual career day for freshmen hoping to provide information to help students make that decision. All of the AMHS freshmen were bused to the First Baptist Church Wednesday, Oct. 25. AMHS Guidance Counselor, Andrea Stafford had 26 guest speakers, with ties to Madison County, talk to the students about what their jobs entail. Everything from Aviation to Speech/ Language Therapy was available for the students to sign up to learn about. Stafford said, "This is the third year we have had this available for freshman. It has been very successful in showing students that there is more out there than just having to go to a four-year college program. Students can be successful after school with an Associates Degree, an apprenticeship, or having a technical skill. College isn't for everyone and we want all of our students to be successful after High School and self-sustainable. After students fill out a survey of what they are interested in, I go to work finding someone in that career field to come talk to them. The students then choose seven sessions they are interested in. I try to work in everyone's top three choices and then I choose the next two for them to sit in on. Every student participates in five 25 minute sessions. We have had lots of positive feedback from the students on the program." Stafford hopes to add more speakers next year and may be have local colleges participate in the program also. New to the program this year was Fine Arts Careers from Ball State. Becca Braun was quick to inform students of what they would need to do to get into college and the many different job opportunities that one could do with a Fine Arts degree. At the end of the morning, students may still not know what they want to do after high school, but they do have a better understanding of each career they are interested in. 

Written by: Valerie Jerrils
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