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Career expos slated at Edison

RICHMOND — Edison Local Schools students are getting a jump on their futures by taking part in a series of career fairs this month.

Leah Eft, district career pathways coach, said local experts will attend career expos at Edison High School and John Gregg and Stanton elementary schools on Nov. 13-14 and talk with students about their chosen professions. In all, nearly 500 pupils in grades 5-8 will participate in the activities.

Local business or organizational officials will be on hand at John Gregg Elementary Nov. 13 from roughly 9 a.m. to noon in the school gym, where they will staff stations and speak to fifth- and sixth-graders about careers of interest. Among those expecting to attend are representatives for such trades as plumbing and pipefitting, carpentry, ironworkers, medial assisting with nursing and dental with radiology, plus military recruiters and law enforcement. Eft said activities will then move on to the high school, where the same officials will visit classrooms from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and students will rotate among the rooms to hear the nine career exposure lessons.

Stanton’s event will be held from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. Nov. 14 in the school gym and presentations will be held for fifth- and sixth-grade classes. Local businesses and organizations will staff stations in a job fair-format and students will be led to tables based upon their own career interests. Those attending include representatives for the plumbers, pipefitters, ironworkers and carpenters’ trades, military recruitment, IT technology and law enforcement. During their sessions, professionals will touch upon important soft skills needed to perform jobs such as drug-free lifestyles, reliability, work ethic, punctuality, teamwork and collaboration.

Eft intends to carry out the district’s vision to have graduates enrolled in college, enlisted in the military and employed in the work force. The goal is to involve grades 5-12 and have each senior connected to one or more of the categories each year. Eft said it gives students a purpose in career planning and to be prepared with college and career readiness.

Tiffany Moses, guidance counselor at John Gregg, said the format corresponds with her observance of monthly events. November’s theme is Navigating Our Future, and students will also take part in career week activities following the district’s vision of “Enrolled, Enlisted and Employed.” Pupils will don patriotic colors and camouflage for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11; collegiate-themed clothing on Nov. 12; camouflage and military branch-themed attire on Nov. 13; career-centered clothing on Nov. 14; and Edison gear on Nov. 15.

“Every fifth- and sixth-grade student created an Ohio Means Jobs account and will do activities with that this year,” Moses added. “We hope to build on (the career expo) every year.”

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