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Students learn about career choices
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Seventh-grade students hoping to find ideas for a possible career choice were on hand recently for a career fair at Motlow College and Tennessee Technology Center.
The Career Awareness Day is a collaborative activity between Bridgestone/ Firestone, Tennessee Technology Center, Motlow State Community College, and the Warren County School System.
Students attended sessions on the McMinnville campuses of Motlow and Tennessee Technology Center and had the opportunity to attend three sessions related to their career interests. The students were provided a session sign-up sheet containing 18 different choices based on career clusters. The way in which they ranked their top five choices determined which sessions they would attend.
Career representatives came from around the spectrum, from agriculture to automotive repair, from education to engineering.
Debra Akers teaches computer information technology at TTC. She taught students how to do clean up on their computers.
“The clean up improves performance,” said Akers. “The students stayed occupied. I could see their eyes light up when I told them it cleans the information from the computer. But, I said the information stays there forever. We are just cleaning it up to free space and speed up the performance of the computer.”
Wildred Vidrine, business systems technology master instructor at Tennessee Technology Center said business systems technology has changed considerably in the last 10 years.
“Companies have been affected by the change. We now have smart phones and e-readers. We have new touch screen computers in my classroom. We are constantly learning new things and changing with the jobs,” she said.
 “I also showed them the Bing Travel site. The students could pick a country or a place to visit and they could see panoramic views of the city or town, find restaurants and read the demographics of the place. One girl said she could use this information in her geography class,” said Vidrine.
 Tracy Risinger, director of Career and Technical Education for Warren County Schools said, “While attending the career awareness day presentations, seventh-grade students are provided the opportunity to gain valuable information to help make future educational and career decisions. The students can use the career information obtained at the career awareness day to begin the planning process for their high school path of study.”
 Many students were fascinated by demonstrations in the Mechatronics lab. Mechatronics is a blend of mechanical, electrical and computerized technologies that together form a system used by many industries including manufacturing, automotive, finance, and healthcare. Mechatronics is a field that changes daily with changes in technology.