Careers on display
Students had the opportunity to learn about various careers that are available in Rutherford County on Thursday.
Communities in Schools of Rutherford County (CISRC) in partnership with The Timken Corporation hosted an "Exploring Your Future" career fair in the gym of Isothermal Community College. Students in 3rd-8th grades were invited to attend and learn about the career options that are available.
"We want to help them focus on what they might want to do in the future and see the opportunities that are here in the county," Brenda Watson, executive director of CISRC said in January when she received the $3,000 grant from Timken to use for the fair. "Our goal is not to have an available workforce, but an educated workforce. We want to insure that our students will succeed and achieve in life."
The 12 industries at the fair included United Way, Diamondback Tactical, Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems, Forest City Data Center and Valley Fine Foods.
"We've brought some of our products and we are also letting the kids do some hands-on mixing," said Scott Webber, with Valley Fine Foods. "Communities in Schools is such a great organization. When Brenda called and asked us to come today, we were tickled to death to be invited. Valley Fine Foods wants to be a part of the community."
When the students arrived, they were given a scavenger hunt worksheet. They had to visit each of the tables and collect facts about the industries. Those who completed the scavenger hunt were rewarded with a bag of school supplies for the upcoming year.
The industries were encouraged to tell the students about the education that is required to pursue one of their careers and to have hands-on activities.
"We are showing them some entry tools, camera units, bullet-resistant shields and firearms," said Sheriff Chris Francis, who represented the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department and talked to students about jobs in law enforcement. "We want to tell the kids about jobs and encourage them to become as educated as possible."
CISRC also kicked off its Give Five, Read Five program during the fair. Students each received five books that were donated from the community and asked to read them by the beginning of the school year. Those that read all five will get a certificate of achievement and a bag of school supplies.
For more information about CISRC or to donate books to the Give Five, Read Five program call 828-288-0228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.