HAPPY GRADUATION DAY, WES!
Belfast - Many high school students don't know what they want to do after graduation. Belfast students got to see some of the options out there.
"It's a college fair. It's a way to get a lot of colleges to come visit
schools. Most of the colleges visiting are from Maine. What we've done
at Belfast is attach a career fair so we have a lot of career people in
the community coming in to talk about their careers."
Organizers say these events often help students see the paths they need to take.
" To connect where they're headed to what they're doing now in the
classroom that's the immediate goal and hopefully that will pay off."
They understand college isn't for everyone.
" There's a big push in Maine about college ready for all kids. But not
all kids want to go to college. So we feel it's important we expose all
kids to all different options."
There were five sessions. Students had to visit at least two colleges.
They had a variety of careers to check out. From diesel mechanics and
masonry to nursing.
" I'm way more of a hands on learner so this is a lot better for me to
actually see people who are doing stuff I want to do later in life."
Senior Wes Sterrs was happy to see jobs he's interested in.
" I've been doing video stuff since I could walk so I'm always looking
to learn more about video production and film stuff."
Organizers are always looking to improve the fair, heeding student feedback.
" They'll do an evaluation at the end of the day. We take that feedback
seriously and a lot of the career presenters we invite back. On occasion
if it didn't go over well we might make some adjustments."