When a career fair comes to Hawthorne on Tuesday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the local high school gym will be full of some major recognized businesses and college presenters, as well as highlighting hours of work devoted by the students from the Career Training Education classes as they reveal their own research done on chosen professions.
One student explained that part of their curriculum was to pick a desired career, then create a trifold presentation board, which answers questions about the profession. The boards will be displayed at the career fair as an information and idea catalyst for attendees to discover information, which may be new to them.
Student Gary Hamrey had a well designed board surrounding a career in Moto-Cross racing. This was explained to be a “self-employed model” requiring the knowledge of understanding finances, obtaining supporters as well as media exposure and the overall business of networking. With travel involved he might need to understand mapping and find locations as well as fill out applications and forms. Maintaining his bike and uniform expenses, transportation costs and bookkeeping requirements would also be necessary as a successful businessman. Even as a rider he would need to be aware of every aspect to find a successful, long-term niche in this industry.
In walking the information boards, students had a varied choice of career topics displayed. From law enforcement to bakery goods many tapped into the fields they have already been looking into. The “CTE” classes are designed to promote career development relative to a student’s interest, budget, talents and desires. Some piggy-backed upon their parent’s careers in the medical field or desired to pioneer a position in an administrative field.
Since Mineral County High School offers home economics classes, a student can find an interest in cooking, child development and homemaking skills. Another is the shop classes, concentrating on the many areas of plumbing, sheet-rocking, electrical, roofing and contracting while building the understanding of a basic construction job. The computer classes are actively highlighting everything from the technology side to bookkeeping and accounting. A broad presentation of classes is available to the Mineral County High School students, including avenues of obtaining their AA degrees before graduating high school through dual accreditation.
With the Career Fair coming up, these students are hoping to see a well attended effort within the community and on behalf of the work they have put forth. Brochures will be available at their stations to provide further information regarding the profession they have selected. Students are also aware that many companies will be attending, as well as Nevada colleges. The community is welcome to attend, free of charge. This could be a boost to many who are unemployed and desiring to find resources to fulfill their own dream job.