Students get a look at future at career fair

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By Hunter Hobbs

When students hear career fair, they think free stuff and a lot of boring lectures by complete strangers. Still, Chiefland Middle High School’s 2013-14 Career Fair was a big time success. On Nov. 21, the students had an amazing experience, from watching the Florida College Friends to a trained K-9 Unit take down its victim.  The career fair was teeming with fun-filled booths and presenters that not only gave the students information but hands on experience.

The students were able to talk to various colleges, such as Saint Leo University, Jacksonville Stenotype, The Art Institute of Jacksonville, Central Florida, Florida College and the University of Florida.  Each student was able to discuss the major they were planning on studying, and they received information on whether or not the college was meant for them.  If a student was not interested in going into college, he or she had the opportunity to speak with Navy, National Guard, Coast Guard and other military representatives. These recruiters were able to help the students get a feel for what life would be like if they chose to enter a branch of the military.  Judge James T. Browning also attended and gave advice about attending college and law school. 

Outside the gym, the students were surprised with a parking lot filled with other job opportunities. There were various career choices, ranging from Central Florida Electric Coop, U.S. Coast Guard, Levy County Sheriff Office, Levy County Emergency Medical Service and City of Chiefland Fire Rescue and Police departments.  Air Methods Florida strategically landed its helicopter in the middle of the CMHS parking lot.  Each student was allowed to tour the inside of the helicopter and was shown the equipment and explained how it was used.  Dixie County brought the mobile command center and allowed students to sit and learn about the adrenaline-filled jobs in the emergency system.  College of Central Florida brought their mobile medical bus and the human simulator, which cost $97,000, was on display.  This simulator looked like a person and is used in medical training.

The students and faculty would like to thank all of our presenters for taking time out of their schedules to be a part of our learning at Chiefland Middle High School as well as a special thanks to the faculty who organized such an exciting and informative career fair.  This was truly a unique experience for all who participated.  Every student left the career fair with their future opened to a variety of opportunities.