College and Career Fair Dispels Myths at Avondale High School

Avondale High School College and Career Fair Dispels Myths – Event Designed to Separate Fact from Fiction for Students Exploring Career Options

Avondale High School students took advantage of the opportunity to meet with industry leaders, college representatives and members of the armed services during the school’s annual College and Career Fair. The fair is designed to assist students in determining a career path and then planning for the necessary experiences and/or education to achieve success along that path. “This is a great way for students to get real-life, factual information about different careers because they are talking directly to people who are employed in the workplace they are exploring,” said Avondale High School teacher and event organizer Tim Morton. “Sometimes students have preconceived ideas about careers, seeing them as either glamorous or dull depending upon what the students have heard. The fair helps to separate fact from fiction so that the students have accurate information to make decisions,” added Morton.

Avondale High School Student Talk to a College Recruiter During the Fair

Avondale High School Student Talk to a College Recruiter During the Fair

In planning the event, organizers wanted to include a cross-section of careers for the students to consider. Representatives from the world of business, management, marketing, arts, and communications; as well as engineering, manufacturing and technology; health and human services; and natural resources and agri-science were all available to share their experiences. The speakers talked about the ups and downs of their particular industry, the education and experiences that led to their success, and also practical issues like wages and benefits.

The fair also featured several post-high school educational options including two and four year colleges and trade schools. Depending upon their career interests, students could explore the types of education they would need to obtain in order to pursue their occupational goals. In addition, members of the armed services met with several students eager to learn more about a career in the military.

For Avondale High School junior Caity Zaremba, the event was a chance to explore college options. Caity appreciated the personal conversations with the representatives that provided the opportunity for students to get more in-depth information. “I think we enjoyed getting to talk to people one-on-one and getting the hands-on information,” she said, adding that “because everything is so digitalized now, the personal experience means a lot to the students.”


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