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Career Day Gives Students Education and Training Advice

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  Career days can be a time for colleges to try and recruit students.
     But in Pittsburg Wednesday, business and industry professionals are using one such event to ensure they're getting  future employees who are  ready to work. They're emphasizing what training is needed wether during high school, or at college level and in some cases both. 

Pittsburgh high students along with students from Frontenac and other Southeast Kansas  talked to potential employers, military and college recruiters. 

This was Josh Allmon's second year at the Crawford County Career Opportunities day.. And he says it helped him choose a career in marketing  and his future college.His favorite lesson learned, he says is, "do something that you actually like  cause if you don't you're gonna dread every day at work. So if you  actually like something, what you're doing, when you go to work you're  actually enjoying what you're doing."

 That's the message also  from a Pittsburg State University  professor helping students figure out how to decide on a career and then picking  the school to get them there.

Dr. Mark Johnson with the PSU College of Technology says, "Instead of just going to school cause I like this and going there,  maybe I think about  taking the class to help me do what I like to do better so I can get paid for doing that and linking that together."

It's not just about recruiting students to colleges or the military but helping them prepare school wise for their future even when it comes to taking classes.

 Allmon says, "I started taking classes that would actually help me in that.  Instead of taking art classes, I started taking business classes and I joined the business club DECCA, so that worked."

Anna Gudee with the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Business Education Alliance which sponsored the career day says, " We're working  closely with USD 250 on career pathways to know when we need to get in touch with these children, students before  they get so far in high school and they haven't taken the classes that they need." 

 

 Dr. Johnson says, "We  know that  in today's industry we have skills gaps and there's a huge  skill gap."

 Atkinson Industries hires welders, electricians, and engineers and even hires from area community college and Pittsburg State University programs. Most students asked what the jobs pay and Atkinson Human Resource Manager Gary Mattson says that makes sense. "I think they really want to know what skill sets do they need to be employed and 3026 and then what  is that return so if they have  to seek additional education how much efforts  gonna have to be put forward to get a job that pays x amount I think 3034 it helps them connect the dots a little bit."

 About  thirty-five schools and businesses met with students during today's event sponsored by the Pittsburg Area Business Education Alliance.

 

 

 

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