Students learn about job outlook at career day
Lehighton Area High School junior Ethan Lutz receives instructions from Lindsay Carrigan, left, and Bri McMichael, center, of the Lehighton Outdoor Center, during career day held Thursday morning in the high school gymnasium. Visit www.tnonline.com for a video. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
Kaitlyn Solomon, a junior at Lehighton Area High School, communicates with Randy Stein, assistant store manager at Giant, during career day. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
Lehighton Area High School junior Tristan Creasey listens intently to Kathy Henderson, director of economic development for the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development.
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Whether they eventually go on to land the job of their dreams upon graduation remains to be seen.
However, what became abundantly clear to Lehighton Area High School students is that there figures to be a multitude of career options available to them once they do decide to test the job market.
The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation and the Business Education Partnership committee of the chamber held the event Thursday morning in partnership with the high school.
About 25 career vendors attended, along with Weatherly Area High School seniors, to inform students about companies and industries and educate them about the opportunities that are available to them after graduation.
The event existed previously, and the school decided to bring it back this year, according to Lehighton Area High School Principal Suzanne Howland.
“They are here educating our students on potential careers and awareness, which is key and vital in the success of our students today,” Howland said. “A key piece is we collaborated with Weatherly school district today, so Weatherly was able to bring 23 seniors down today, because as we know, the partnership is big.”
Howland said a wide array of industries participated, such as law enforcement, engineering, health care, media, food service, banking, education, outdoor recreation and military service.
“We have a lot of different industries here today to give our students options,” Howland said. “The goal was that students had to complete work sheets today in the sense that they had to talk to at least four different careers that might interest them and engage some information about where they want to explore their future and how to be successful here at Lehighton high school.”
Ethan Lutz, a junior, said he stopped by the Lehighton Outdoor Center vendor because it caught his attention.
“It’s just appealing to the eye, the things that they have there,” Lutz said. “It helps you propel yourself to get a job to earn money for college.”
Fellow junior Kaitlyn Solomon was among a plethora of students who stopped by the Giant Food Stores vendor.
A marketing student at Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Solomon said she was glad she could learn from the experience.
“It’s very important,” Solomon said. “It gives a lot of opportunities for a lot of kids.”
Junior Tristan Creasey said career day gave students an opportunity to reach out to the different businesses that were on hand.
“It gives kids the opportunity to see what jobs are available,” Creasey said. “It’s easier to get a job for some kids who don’t have the internet at home.”
According to Kathy Henderson, director of economic development for the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development, “It’s important as the chamber to work with the schools through our business education partnership to help businesses and schools talk to each other.
“It’s a great group of kids; we just need to help get them on the successful path.”