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College, career event offers students future options

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By Kristin Beck

Carroll County Area Technology Center students met with representatives from a variety of post-secondary educational and training organizations to discuss opportunities following graduation at the second annual College and Career Day held Friday.

Representatives from 24 different technical colleges, training facilities and employers set up tables in the neighboring Conditioning Center to visit with students and show them what they have to offer, said CCATC business instructor and cooperative education coordinator Rachel Mefford.

Mefford started the College and Career Day as her leadership project last year when she was a teacher in the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program. It has grown from having 12 representatives last year.

CCATC offers a variety of programs: business and office technology, chemical technology, welding, carpentry, industrial maintenance, health sciences and automotive technology. Each program had a presenter come and speak about their field, which also gave students the opportunity to ask questions specific to their area of study.

“The Career Day, it brings the world to us,” industrial maintenance senior Jared Powell said. “We can actually look at all the career opportunities out there and how to further our education.”

Powell said he is narrowing down his college choice from Jefferson Community and Technical College, University of the Cumberlands, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College and Hanover College. He wants to pursue either criminal justice or a job in the industrial maintenance field and would like to play football in college.

Industrial maintenance senior David Frazier said the College and Career Day showed him what other options were available. However, it did not deter him from his current plans. Frazier said he wants to either attend JCC or join the military. “It helped confirm what I want to do.”

Keynote speaker DJ Carroll, owner of Easy Pro Property Services, talked to the students about goal setting and personal development. He emphasized that success means finding a balance in life and that they should never, ever stop learning.

Mefford said $1,500 was raised from community donations, which allowed the school to give each CCATC student with a t-shirt, to provide lunch for the presenters and guests and to host a raffle prize drawing for the students. Students were given raffle tickets when they visited the representatives’ tables and engaged with the presenters. The school gave away 60 prizes—donations from community sponsors and college representatives.