Parke Heritage High School students attended a College and Career Fair held in the high school gym on Tuesday.
There were more than 40 presenters who attended from various agencies that fall within the Enroll, Enlist, Employ philosophy of the high school guidance department.
The presenters varied from military and workforce personnel as well as representatives from local colleges.
Presenters from the workforce talked to students about the opportunities that they have once they graduate from high school. While some career paths require college degrees, there are many work areas in which students can work and go to school at the same time.
Tracy W. Cook, membership development coordinator for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, said that students can work as an electrician apprentice during the day and attend classes at night two times a week.
“People skills are what’s important,” said Chuck Dixon, CEO/president of Tri-County Bank and Trust. “We need people who will work hard and be willing to learn.”
Doug Weisheit of The Fountain Trust Company bank encouraged students to get a debit card. He said that it is important for students to learn how to manage their finances at an early age and to start planning for life after their high school career.
Local businesses discussed their career options and what is needed to be employed in their field. The businesses varied from financial, health careers, law enforcement, agricultural, manufacturing, and law.
“We are always looking for students to work in the summertime,” said Tiffany Thompson, office manager of Turkey Run State Park.
The state park needs people to work as lifeguards, gate attendants, ground crews and other areas.
Students were also able to visit with members of various branches of the military to learn what is involved to enlist into the armed forces. Military groups represented included ROTC, Indiana Army National Guard, Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marines.
Colleges represented included Indiana State University, St. Mary’s-of-the-Woods, Purdue and Ivy Tech. These representatives explained to students about their programs and the requirements needed to enroll.
The career and college fair was organized by Sheryl McDaniel, guidance counselor, in hopes of providing students with information on how they can Enroll, Enlist or Employ following their high school graduation.