CLEWISTON — Clewiston High School hosted its annual Career Day Friday, April 6, and representatives from local businesses shared in-depth information about their careers. All students across campus participated in the event and were able to select career sessions that they were interested in prior to the event.
Students had the opportunity to be in a classroom with a representative from their chosen career and learn more about the job qualifications and expectations, and to meet actual employees in the chosen profession. Senior guidance counselor Mrs. Llossas was enthusiastic about the event. “This event exposes our students to career opportunities that they may not otherwise encounter,” she said.
Seniors especially enjoy Career Day because they are trying to decide on a major for college or which technical school or trade best suits their skill set. Senior Markevious Terry is attending Fort Valley State University in Georgia on a partial athletic scholarship and was able to learn more about what it takes to be a professional football player from retired NFL player Eric Green.
“Eric Green said to just keep striving for greatness, which made me feel like I can make it pro,” said Mr. Terry.
Underclassmen also thoroughly enjoy Career Day. Sophomore Wisam Ramadan met with the National Guard, the Hendry County Adult School and Basquin Welding programs.
“The welding presentation was the best, and Mr. Basquin described the position and job very well, and gave us some cool facts. It definitely made me more interested in that career,” he said. Mr. Ramadan further stated, “I am glad CHS puts this event on, because if you aren’t sure what you want to do outside of high school, this gives us a chance to envision our future when you see real people in front of you, talking about their real experiences.”
Principal Roberto Sanchez was appreciative of the outpouring of support from the community. “We appreciate our local business community coming out and taking the time to come here to inspire our students to move in a positive direction.”
The 42 businesses that helped make CHS’s Career Day a success are: Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum; Atkinson Construction; Bellows Jewelry; Cape Coral Technical College; the City of Clewiston; chef William Sellner; Clewiston Adult School; the Clewiston Police Department; Crouch Railroad Consulting Co.; D&J Machinery; drummer Jalen Rushing; First Bank; Florida Community Health Centers; the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Fort Myers Technical College; Harlem Academy Day Care; the Hendry County Engineering Department; the Hendry County Health Department; Hendry Regional Medical Center; Jimmy Pittman Electrical; Johnson Prewitt & Associates Inc.; Jon Basquin Welding; McDonald’s Corp.; Michael Atkinson Construction; the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration; the Palm Beach Fire Department; RAMS; retired NFL football player Eric Green; Ross Dynasty Cares; the South Florida Water Management District; Simplified Technologies; Southern Gardens; sportswriter and public relations manager Y.A. Teitelbaum; Sugar Realty; SunTrust Robinson Humphrey; Unique Hair and Boutique; the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Office; the U.S. Army; the Army Corps of Engineers; the National Guard; U.S. Sugar Corp.; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.