LIMA – On Friday, students from 39 high schools from 11 Ohio counties began an exploration into their futures at Rhodes State College. A total of 1,939 junior/senior-level students arrived on campus via school bus for the college’s 12th annual Career Day, an annual half-day event intended to provide high school students in Northwest Ohio an opportunity to explore 38 college and career-related sessions.
Students registered in advance and attended three different 30-minute career sessions led by area professionals on Career Day. Professional presenters, who developed seminars highlighting career interests indicated on student surveys, discussed their own level of education, the skills they use regularly on the job, an overview of their typical day, and provided time for questions and answers.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for students to explore careers and it’s something we need to do more of,” said Brenda Frankart, Principal of Liberty Benton High School. “This is our second time being invited to the event and we’ve been very pleased with that.”
When Frankart was asked if she had any feedback from her students about their Career day experience, nearby Liberty Benton student Gori Harter called out, “Radiology!” Harter added that she came to get a feel for campus and to help her have an open mind about college, “I also liked business management,” she said.
In addition to career snapshots, sessions also included advice on paying for college, boosting ACT scores and how to transfer associate of arts (AA) and associate of science (AS) degrees, including those earned at Rhodes State.
“Our goal is to increase high school and student participation and continue to provide high-quality career exploration sessions based on Rhodes States’ academic programs and students’ interests,” said Krista Richardson, Director of Career Services for Rhodes State College.
According to Richardson, 1,091 students from 25 high schools attended the previous Career Day. “The presenters were highly impressed with the amount of interested students,” she said. “Rhodes State faculty, staff, students, alumni, and professional partners came together to provide an amazing career exploration event for the high school students in our communities.”