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[Photo by Laura Douglas] Kaylee Richard holds a pin with a cotter key using 20,000 volt rubber gloves in front of a Southern Rivers Energy vehicle after learning about job opportunities at the local company.

CAREER CHOICE: High schoolers learn local job options

By Rachel McDaniel

Pike County High School students got some hands on experience as they took part in a Career Fair featuring dozens of local businesses. In addition to hearing from local representatives about opportunities offered, students got to try out a mini-excavator, other types of equipment and even a welding simulator.

“Having events like our Career Expo are valuable to both our students and our local business partners. Students are able to make those first impressions with potential employers,” said PCHS Work Based Learning Coordinator Jennifer Shephard. “They are able to network and build relationships that extend outside of the walls of our school building. Having businesses share about their industry also adds value to the instruction happening inside the classroom.”

“Events like our Career Expo make connections for students between their academics and how it applies to life past high school.”

Companies who took part in the high school’s Career Expo include McLeRoy, Inc., McLeroy Realty, Scoops Zebulon, Bufford’s Metal Fabrication, Allison-Smith Company, Southern Cross Company, GM Diecron, Sefcor, Prosperity Real Estate, Ron Alexander Youth Aviation Program, Pike Chamber of Commerce, First Bank of Pike, United Bank, Southern Crescent Technical College, Wynn’s Pharmacy, Upson Regional Medical Center, Brightmoor Hospice, Pike Manor, AmeriPro, USDA Farm Service, GA Department of Corrections, the city of Thomaston Police Department, Southern Rivers Energy and CW Matthews.

“We had several Pike County grads here representing their businesses, including Dalton Sheppard of Bufford’s Metal Fabrication, Dylan Johnson of AmeriPro, Aubree McLendon of Scoops, Brittany Henderson of Prosperity Real Estate, Jeremy Cox and Andy Lee (Sydney Lee-partnered with Bufford’s Metal Fabrication), Rusty Gwyn of GM Diecron, Erin Ison of Upson Regional and Emily O’Steen and Nathan Mullins of McLeRoy Realty,” said PCHS Work Based Learning Coordinator Jennifer Shephard. “Seeing former students come back to share about their success in the workforce was a full circle moment for not just them but also the teachers who taught them that were able to reconnect with their former students!”

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