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PHS A+ hosts 15th Career Fair for Parkview freshmen

Brandon Beck presenting to students

Every Parkview High School freshmen participated in Parkview’s A+ Career Fair on Feb. 20. The annual event invites local professionals to come and speak to every Parkview freshmen about potential careers in the community. 

Students choose which industries to learn more about, listening to three speakers from a variety of fields within a chosen area. It’s the fifteenth year for the event, says Melissa McDaniel, A+ secretary.

“I want to be a real estate agent some day because I think I’ll be good at it,” says freshmen Chris Anderson. “Career Day helps me think about my future and what I want to do when I get older and what it takes to get there.”

Chris Anderson surrounded by fellow students

Chris listened to presenters in the Business, Sales and Marketing room. In the Information Technology/Audio Visual room, freshmen Kaitlyn Caulliette learned more about the types of jobs in the technology field from Ky3 meteorologist Brandon Beck and Business Solutions Chief Information Officer Michael Lofaro shared the variety of jobs within IT.

 

“There are lots of jobs within technology and there’s lots of opportunity,” said Kaitlyn. “I’m learning what types of jobs need what kinds of degrees, because the field is so big.”

Presenters before event

Presenter Jim Bridwell has presented in the trades room at the Parkview Career Fair for more than a decade. Some presenters, including Parkview High School alumnus and Ozarks Technical Community College Executive Dean Dr. Matt Hudson, have presented at the Career Fair every year.

 

“I’m a welding instructor at OTC, and I ask my students from Parkview if they remember the Career Fair,” said Bridwell. “One of my students told me he remembered me and my presentation, and that’s one of the reasons why he went into welding. So I know this hour of my time can make a difference.”