A total of 487 seventh-graders who visited a career fair at Motlow College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology found many choices for the future.
Career representatives came from around the spectrum – from agriculture to automotive repair, from education to engineering – to provide students with a look into career possibilities.
Students had the opportunity to attend three sessions related to their career interests from 18 different choices.
The seventh-graders will be able to use the career information gained at the fair to help make future educational and career decisions. Their interests at the career fair will be a big influence used in the planning process for their high school path of study.
Centertown student Jared Muncey said he would either like to be a welder or a pro sports player. He liked the welding demonstration.
“It is more physical and I could touch the parts,” said Muncey.
Jordan McMillen’s favorite was a wildlife exhibit. He said he likes to go hunting and fishing and would like to become a TWRA officer.
Keaton Bond was impressed with the lesson given about electricity.
“The electricity was hands-on. He had 10,000 watts of electricity and said if we got near it, it could kill us. It was neat,” said Bond.
Brett Martin said his favorite class was auto mechanics. He enjoyed the show about motors that was given in the Tennessee College of Applied Science classroom.
Many students were fascinated by demonstrations in the Mechatronics lab. Mechatronics is a blend of mechanical, electrical and computerized technologies used by many industries including manufacturing, automotive, finance, and healthcare. Mechatronics is a field that changes daily with changes in technology.
John Ashmore enjoyed the engineering demonstration.
“Engineering is designing, planning and constructing different things like engines and stuff,” said Ashmore. He said he would possibly like to be an engineer some day.
Students opting for a career in computer information technology were taught how to do a clean up on their computers.
Other careers highlighted during the day were agriculture, food and natural resources, chemistry, education, law, public safety, corrections and security, medical doctor, tourism, business, radio broadcasting, industrial maintenance and machine tools, and Bridgestone careers.
Career Awareness Day is a collaborative activity between Bridgestone/ Firestone, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Tennessee Tech, Motlow State Community College, and the Warren County School System.