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March 20, 2015
Career Fair at middle school introduces students to future possibilities

On Thursday, March 19, BH-BL eighth-grade students attended the school's annual Career Fair where more than 25 local community members and parents, representing a variety of careers, gave presentations about their career fields and the education behind it. They also answered questions from students--everything ranging from how did you know to follow this career path, how much money do you make, what's your favorite and least favorite part about your job and much more.

Speakers included those in the fields of medicine, engineering, energy efficiency, interior design, law and law enforcement, education, military, forensic science, human services, interior design, writing, agriculture, athletics, veterinary science, construction, culinary arts, hospitality and tourism, automotive repair, radio, and real estate.

The presenters used a mix of visuals--boards, videos and PowerPoint presentations--and props to engage students. For example, local Veterinarian Dr. Matt Duemler introduced to students his gentle (and quiet!) therapy dog and displayed specimen jars of bladder stones, a dog's heart diseased with heartworms, a tape worm and other parasites. A CVS Pharmacist Brittaney Woodfield asked students to find the errors in sample prescriptions she handed out to students and explained how to fill scripts.

In another classroom, Lt. Col. Brian Backus of the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Stratton Air National Guard Base showed students a photo montage of his squadron on locations in other countries and explained that they turned the back of an airplane into an ambulance and provide medical care all over the world.

BH-BL teacher and coach Mr. Gary Bynon talked to students about the extensive science courses he had to take in college and how many years of schooling he needed under his belt before he could become a teacher.

"Early exposure to career possibilities enables students to see the connection between what they are learning in school--their academic skills--and what people are doing in the 'real world,'" says Fair organizer and teacher Melissa Buyce.