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Planting seeds at career day
Job Fair pic
Healthcare professionals talk to students about their professions in Angie Lambs ninth grade science class at Dawson County High School. From left, Jim Bohl, Brian Burke and Larry Anderson. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

Ninth and tenth graders got a glimpse at a wide range of occupational options last week during the high school’s annual career day event.


More than 50 volunteers showed up Feb. 10, visiting classrooms throughout the morning to talk about their jobs and field questions from young minds.


From architects to bankers to engineers, groups made their way through the school.


Optometrist Brian Burke encouraged students to use their classroom time to their advantage.


“When you’re out there working, it’s a little different,” Burke said. “When you’re my age, you’re going to miss these times, but you can utilize this time to try and understand what it is you’d like to do.”


Thanks to volunteers like Burke, Principal Jute Wilson said career day was a huge success.


“It’s great anytime we can get community business leaders into our school to share with our kids information about the job market,” Wilson said.


“It’s all about planting seeds, ideas.”


The principal added that “high school is our last shot at these kids before we send them out into the world, so we need to make sure they’re well prepared and see all the options available to them.”


Wilson said he was “extremely proud” of the volunteer turnout and hopes to make the event a twice-a-year affair in the future.