The 3E initiative —Employed, Enlisted, Enrolled — hosts the returning Logan County Career Day to assist youths in examining their future paths.
Seventh-graders from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake, West Liberty and host Riverside Schools have an opportunity Friday, October 22, to talk with representatives from many different professions in Logan County.
Youth Development Liaison Karen Sorreles from the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center organizes the event in conjunction with Lydia Hess from the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
This career day began in 2016 as a result of a recommendation made by the Logan County Collaborative. The goal is for students to get hands-on exposure to well-known occupations, including many positions they may not have heard about or come in contact within their daily routines.
“The Logan County Career Day is part of planting that seed so students can start to really consider their career path and what it takes to reach their personal career goals,” representatives said.
Participants have the chance to ask questions and get to know local people working in the a number of areas, including law enforcement, skilled trades, auto repair, engineering, library, various medical fields and human resources. Students are assigned different tasks to learn more about careers they may have an interest in for their future.
The seventh-graders have the opportunity to interview the representatives, asking about typical workdays, required education and what they enjoy about their jobs.
Extensive career exploration is now an important part of the required curriculum for middle school students, which includes in-class guest speakers in the sixth-grade and job shadowing in the eighth-grade.