Career day

Warren County eighth graders get a glimpse of the future through a variety of job fields

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Kollin Kish and Rose Perrin, eighth graders at Beaty-Warren Middle School speak with representatives of the Warren County Career Center culinary arts program at Eighth Grade Career Day at the Holy Redeemer Center.

At Eighth Grade Career Day, students could get a taste of what it’s like to be in a number of fields — from culinary arts, to medicine, forestry, media, and industry.

Students from all over Warren County School District and Tidioute Community Charter School were taken to Holy Redeemer Center in Warren where they had 45 minutes to circulate and investigate some future possibilities.

More than 20 local businesses and agencies and six programs from Warren County Career Center were represented at the tables and stations. Many of them had props — from the adding machines and challenges at Kersey and Associates, the lemonade stand at WCCC marketing, a restraint belt and riot shield at City of Warren Police, to cupcakes at WCCC culinary arts.

Students were encouraged to visit stations that interested them. But, they were also expected to check out some areas that they hadn’t thought about.

Rose Perrin visited the culinary arts table. “I wanted to know what it would be like to be a chef or a baker,” she said. She was rewarded for listening attentively with a cupcake.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Beaty-Warren Middle School eighth graders (left) Devin Colosimo and Camden Drayer visit the Allegheny National Forest display at Eighth Grade Career Day at the Holy Redeemer Center.

Kollin Kish went to the same display. “I saw cupcakes,” he explained. But he didn’t eat one. “I just had lunch.”

Kianna Jackson made a stop at the Warren General Hospital display, but she went to the career center’s electronics program first. “When I went to the technology, it gave me what the whole field was about and now I want to do it even more.”

Camden Drayer was at the Allegheny National Forest station, but he talked about Warren General Hospital. “I would want to be a surgeon or something,” he said.

Devin Colosimo was at the ANF display too. But his attention was on the Radio Partners space. “They radio stuff was interesting,” he said. “They have microphones from different eras and different microphones for different jobs.”

Jacklynn Cumberland and Madalynn Perry made the adult probation table one of their stops. “It looked fun,” Perry said.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Jacklynn Cumberland administers a blood alcohol breath test to fellow Beaty-Warren Middle School eighth grader Madalynn Perry, who is already handcuffed, at the Warren County Adult Probation display at Eighth Grade Career Day at the Holy Redeemer Center.. The test came back at a 0.00.

She made sure to point out that she hadn’t done anything wrong after she was handcuffed and given an alcohol breath test. The test came back at a 0.00 percent bac.

Next door at the City of Warren Police area, Archie Teconchuk did not fit well in the transport belt, but Officer A.J. Foriska made it fit.

Despite the fact that the students see teachers every day, the Warren County School District table had numerous visitors.

There were plenty of visitors for all of the other booths, too — Hertel and Brown, Rouse Estate, Russell Veterinary Hospital, PennDOT, City of Warren Fire Department, Warren County Fire Services, Northwest Bank, PNC Bank, Moments in Time Studio, Betts, Ellwood National Forge, CTI, Superior Tire, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forestry Sciences Lab, and the protective services, auto collision, and health programs at Warren County Career Center.

“This event would not be possible without the support of the local business community,” Warren Forest Higher Education Council School-to-Work Coordinator Jesse DeLoof said. “I’d like to thank them for their generous participation.”

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Owen Becker, an eighth-grader at Beaty-Warren Middle School attempts a field sobriety test while wearing goggles that simulate drunkenness at the Warren County Career Center protective services station at Eighth Grade Career Day at the Holy Redeemer Center.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Beaty-Warren Middle School eighth graders (from left) Chevelle Nicklas, Victoria Woods, Kianna Jackson, and Gracie Ruhlman check out some of the equipment at the Warren General Hospital display at Eighth Grade Career Day at the Holy Redeemer Center.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Lt. Alex Huffman of Explorer Post 911 of Warren, Beaty-Warren Middle School eighth grader Mason Ceriola, and Assistant Chief Hunter Seelinger of Explorer Post 911 pose for a photo during Eighth Grade Career Day at the Holy Redeemer Center.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Lt. Alex Huffman and Assistant Chief Hunter Seelinger of Explorer Post 911 of Warren help Beaty-Warren Middle School eighth grader Mason Ceriola suit up in turnout gear during Eighth Grade Career Day at the Holy Redeemer Center.

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