Pathway Fair Provides Options for the Future
(Photo: Indian Creek High School sophomores Elijah Richards, Avery Barrett, Destiny Skeen and Bryce Morris learn what is offered at Wheeling University from admissions representative Byron Mayers during the Student Future Pathway Fair at the high school on Tuesday. Hundreds of students turned out to meet officials from colleges, unions, businesses and the Armed Forces)
WINTERSVILLE-Career opportunities were highlighted as Indian Creek High School held its Student Future Pathway Fair on Tuesday.
An estimated 500 freshmen through seniors made their way through the school gymnasium to visit nearly 20 representatives from universities, apprenticeships, the military and businesses. The event was organized by the Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and is one of two such activities being held this school year. FCCLA member Hannah Moore said it provided options for youth to consider from higher education and Armed Forces to the workforce.
“We’re having freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors come in and see what jobs are available. I like that we have different pathways. It gives a variety and the more choices there are, the better it is for our school,” Moore said. “There is something for everyone.”
She and nearly a dozen other FCCLA members, who are also students in teacher Julie Robinson’s Leadership and Community Engagement class, were tasked with staging the venue and assisting vendors. Participating students also received cards which were stamped at the table and entered into a drawing to receive a prize.
Vendors on hand included U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines recruiters, Trinity School of Nursing, West Virginia Northern Community College’s Surgical Tech program, the Ohio Phlebotomy Training Center, West Liberty University, Wheeling University, University of Akron, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Ohio Job Corps, FedEx, Eastern Ohio Correction Center, UA Local 495 Plumbers and Pipefitters and Cedar One Realty. Representatives said the career fair allowed them to spread the word and potentially attract interest in their field.
“There are a lot of opportunities at the hospital for young workers and college students. We also have a new student intern position for those in nursing school,” said Kristen Fisher, nurse educator at Trinity School of Nursing.
“People don’t know that [the surgical tech program] exists, which is why we travel to career fairs,” said Tami Pitcher, program director and surgical tech professor at WVNCC. She added that the two-year program is available at the Weirton and Wheeling campuses and provides an associate’s degree while graduates also can earn a national certification.
Isaac Evans, training director for UA Local 495, added that students who graduate at age 18 could join the union and enter a five-year apprenticeship program while earning a starting wage of $24 per hour plus benefits.
“Our primary focus is new construction and heavy industrial work,” he continued, saying college and job fairs have helped attract some interest. “It gets our name out. If I get even one or two people who are interested, it’s been worth my time.”
Some students also noted their pleasure with the choices at the fair.
“It’s helpful,” said senior Olivia Yoho. “I like that there is a wide variety of colleges and places for internship opportunities.”