NEW PARIS — The National Trial School Foundation, along with the Sinclair Community College Learning Center in Preble County, hosted a college and career fair for all five area schools in Trail’s high school gymnasium on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
The event brought numerous groups – including 26 colleges, 25 businesses, and four military in total.
The businesses in attendance ranged from manufacturers – such as Henny Penny, Bullen Ultrasonics, and Timken Steel – to bankers, lawyers, chiropractors, and hairstylists.
“I think the biggest thing we want them to take away is an idea of what opportunities are available here in Preble County or in the area. Another thing is to have a potential idea for what they can be looking at as far as future careers,” said National Trail High School Principal Robert Fischer. “Our hope is that by the time it was all said and done that the kids had an idea of all the possibilities or what futures they could be looking at, what career opportunities there may be for themselves.”
It was the school’s eighth annual career fair but it was the first time they merged it with both college and business.
“From the feedback I got from the colleges and career representatives, it seemed like they all liked it being together too. The students’ had better questions for both groups,” said Anna Duckro, a counselor at Trail. “The kids really liked having them together.”
Combining the events makes it easier for all students to get a better idea of the ‘big picture’, allowing them to make educated decisions on future schools or classes based on their particular area of interest.
“We had all walks of life for students to take opportunity with,” said Fischer. “Ideally what could happen is that a kid could find a career he or she is interested in and then go talk to college recruiters about what possibilities there are, what’s the length of school, what do they need to do, what should they be looking at.”
It was opened to a range of students but Fischer said he would like to turn it into an event for students in tenth through 12th grade.
“This is only the beginning. We expect this to expand into so many possibilities within the next few years,” he said.
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