Some accounting students devote their time to learning how to steal money. And law enforcement officials have to experience tazings and pepper sprays before they can carry those items on their belts — but the way crime procedures are presented on TV is a “bunch of horse hockey.”
Those were among the tidbits eighth-graders at Lewis Frasier Middle School learned Friday during career day. Thirty adults presented information about their careers.
“Middle school is such a unique time for them,” school counselor Lori Stanfield said. “They’re trying to figure out who they are.”
Under the new Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, students of all ages are required to learn about careers.
For eighth-graders, that means completing a course through GACollege411.com on careers, according to Stanfield. The class allows students to explore careers online and take surveys, but she wanted to bring the topics to life.
“Many of the children that we work with, they have no clue as to what is out there. They know you have doctors, lawyers, nurses and teachers because those are things they are exposed to in their life,” Stanfield said. “These kids have heard of the Coast Guard, but they’ve never really had the chance to interact with somebody from the Coast Guard or to find out what they do or how they get there.”
The U.S. Coast Guard was a favorite for eighth-grader Anastasia Cray, who said she enjoyed the event because it gave her a chance to learn about new options.
Savannah civil engineer Michael Blakely was among the presenters, as well as Liberty County Schools assistant superintendent Jason Rogers, who spoke about accounting applications in public and private sectors. Students perked up when he explained forensic accounting.
Hinesville Police Department Cpl. Mike Shaver compared some law enforcement to its pop culture representation.
“What you see on ‘Cops,’ that’s what a patrolman actually does. You ride around on patrol, you patrol the streets of the city and hopefully you keep people safe,” he said. “Some of the things you see on there, we’ve done, I’ve done.”
However, his detective work for seven years was much different.
“It’s not like ‘CSI: Miami,’ who watches that? Most of what they do is horse hockey …,” Shaver said. “A crime scene investigator does not do what those guys are doing.”
Officers with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol also spoke about their specializations.
In other classes, students heard from Hinesville Fire Department firefighters and learned about nursing, substance abuse and family care counseling, laboratory science and public works.