Area schools teach students future options through career fairs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 29, 2004

Making the right decision on what to do after high school graduation is not always easy, especially when students begin considering the wide range of careers and options available to them.

To help students get an idea of what they might like to do for a living, two Selma City schools hosted career fairs this week and invited several professionals to attend.

Selma Middle C.H.A.T. Academy’s career fair began on Monday and continues until today.

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C.H.A.T. Academy counselor Mamie Soloman said over 50 speakers came to the event to talk about what they do and the training they’ve received.

Soloman said guest speakers visited each classroom and spent about 30 minutes explaining their jobs and answering questions.

Some of the speakers at C.H.A.T. Academy’s Career Week included representatives from the Department of Human Resources, all military branches, local judges, attorneys, principals, counselors, doctors, and even two county commissioners.

Further down the road, Selma High was also holding their own career fair on Wednesday.

At this one-day event, students visited several booths set up in the school’s cafeteria.

Faye Green, career technical education coordinator, said the school invited professionals from all walks of life to attend.

Green said this was the fourth year Selma High has hosted their Career Day, designed to help the students learn more about area colleges and available jobs.

Green said she was pleased to see the students asking questions and getting interested in the Career Day.

The most popular guest at Selma High seemed to be Nathanier Johnson of Team Work Barber Shop. He had crowds of students gathered around as he styled hair and eyebrows for girls and guys.

The organizers of both the C.H.A.T. Academy and Selma High career fairs say they hope students will take away from the events a broader knowledge of their future careers.