The Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) classes at Long County High School participated in a mini-career session on Nov. 29 during second block.
Approximately 230 students participated in the event.
There were nine guest speakers who spoke on an array of topics and job opportunities. Each CTAE student who was enrolled in a CTAE class for second block was able to attend three sessions of interest.
The main purpose of the event was to expose students to possible career choices and to help them begin to focus on future careers.
“I am so thankful that our CTAE teachers were able to coordinate this event for our students,” said Karen Swindell, CTAE director. “We want to provide a lot of career information to our students so they can be prepared for their future. We want our students prepared for the world of work and beyond.”
Swindell said the school hopes to expand this opportunity in the future and incorporate more community members.
The guest speakers were:
• Tammy Allen, Southeast Cheer, Ludowici
• Earl Austin, Interstate Paper
• Nieves Blocker, Telamon Corporation
• John Crowley and Hunter Mason, The Heritage Bank
• Julie Dawson, Normal Realty
• Michael Siggers, Air Evac Life Team
• Matt Williams, lawyer, and April Roach, paralegal, Arnold and Stafford Law
Ms. Nieves Blocker spoke about the history of Telamon and the services that are offered by this program. She also discussed some of the job opportunities.
Earl Austin spoke about his personal experience of working at Interstate and job opportunities available at Interstate, and he encouraged students to further their education in order to be prepared for higher-paying, skilled jobs.
John Crowley spoke about all of the job opportunities in the banking field.
Julie Dawson discussed interviewing skills and how to make a good first impression. Tammy Allen spoke about owning her own cheer business and the obstacles she had to overcome to grow this business in Ludowici.
Donald Mixon gave some first-hand information on treating critically injured patients and the stresses associated with providing emergency medical care.
The CTAE department thanked the presenters for participating in this event.
The CTAE teachers at Long County are Mr. Cory Brace (Business), Ms. Shaunna Deitz (Early Childhood Education), Ms. Alisha Mikell (Agriculture), Mrs. Tina Ray (Business), Mr. Brian Thomas (Business), Ms. Laura Todd (Healthcare Science), Ms. Daphne Walker (Early Childhood Education), and Mrs. Helen Young (Agriculture).