Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
CLARKSDALE – Hundreds of local high school students were encouraged to consider their future educational and career aspirations during Coahoma Community College’s annual Career Expo Wednesday.
More than 300 high school seniors from area high schools attended the career fair that featured dozens of local businesses along with representatives from many CCC departments and programs.
The event, organized by CCC Career and Technical Education Counselors Dr. Mary Wilson and Tolernisa Butler and committee, was designed to give upcoming graduates a first-hand look at the many opportunities available to them post-high school.
Justin Giles of Clarksdale High School said he was introduced to several CCC programs, but was most impressed by the Art Department’s display.
“I was looking at the Art program because I like to draw, and they had an awesome exhibit,” said Giles. “This is a good opportunity for seniors because it gives them opportunity to apply for scholarships on the spot.”
Fellow senior Miracle Hunter agreed.
“I plan to attend CCC next year to major in Business, and I think it’s great to be able to talk to some of the faculty regarding the courses I will be taking,” she said.
As student perused through the exhibits, local radio personality George Hines kept the atmosphere educational, but fun.
Hines, a 1974 Aggie High School and 1976 CCC graduate, encouraged students to explore the unlimited opportunities available to them.
“Today is the beginning of the rest of your life,” said Hines to the seniors. “Here today you can choose a career. Even if you don’t want to attend college, you have the opportunity to gain skills. …You can do anything you want to do.”
A wide variety of business representatives were on hand—from banks and insurance agencies, to construction and law enforcement.
Charles Miller of the Arkansas-based Federal Bureau Prisons, said he was ecstatic to see so many students showing interest in his exhibit, which gave him the opportunity to debunk many myths associated with a career in corrections.
“A lot of people go by what they see on TV about prisons, but it’s not like that,” said Miller. “Events like this gives us the opportunity to show students the many great opportunities we have available to them that they may not be aware of.”
Many of the businesses were strategically paired with corresponding CCC programs. For instance, SIVAD Inc., which offers welding simulators, was stationed near CCC’s Welding Program’s exhibit. As a result, CCC Welding Instructor Henry Striplin said he was able to sign up 10 students on the spot.
“It great we were able to give the students a glimpse of what they can expect in the classroom,” said Striplin.
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