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Careers of the future discussed in Carbon

Published February 26. 2013 05:03PM

Carbon County agencies want to educate students on careers.

During the recent Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board meeting, the group listened to Joseph Sebelin, executive director of the Pocono Workforce Investment Board, talk about the careers of the future and what training is needed.

Sebelin spoke about help that is available to people who are looking for work and training in the workforce.

He then posed the question "Why isn't there people trained to do trade jobs?" This problem is prevalent where there is industry because people in these jobs are retiring and no younger workers are going into those fields anymore.

Sebelin said that it is important to utilize schools like the Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe, where high school students learn a trade; as well as community colleges like Lehigh Carbon Community College.

He stressed that right now, adults should be encouraging students to look into learning trade skills because they can lead to high paying jobs.

But how can adults encourage students?

Sebelin showed a video that the Pocono WIB created to highlight a career in electronics at Tobyhanna Army Depot. Currently, Tobyhanna offers a program called the Student Career Experience Program, where high school students could work and learn about job skills in electronics; while getting credit toward an associate degree at a community college.

He also briefly talked about the LCCC Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE program's middle school initiative, the Career Academy.

Jeanne Miller, co-chairperson of the collaborative, explained that the goal of the Career Academy is to showcase the jobs of the future using hands-on activities while pairing it with academics.

Currently, the students are working on converting a diesel motor into a natural gas motor. Other activities including building solar houses, hover crafts, an electric car and more.

He credited CCTI for its programs in the trades fields; and for partnering with SHINE to help get future generations interested in these careers.

Sebelin ended by pointing out that Pennsylvania has a growing field that will need trade job skills for years to come. This growing field is Marcellus Shale.

Following the presentation, Miller updated the board on creating a group to help grandparents who are raising grandchildren.

Timm Berger of state Rep. Doyle Heffley's office also announced that Heffley will host a free Carbon County Drug and Alcohol Awareness Expo from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, April 18, at the Lehighton Area High School.

There will be mock demonstrations for parents and guardians to learn about the dangers of drugs.

The next Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board meeting will be held at 9 a.m., April 10, at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency.

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