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May 22, 2014

Career-oriented: Spring Hill students in Jeffersonville learn about jobs during career fair

Annual career fair brought professionals from various trades

JEFFERSONVILLE — Aviation, radio broadcast, photography and computer systems jobs were just a few of the careers students learned about at Spring Hill Elementary School on Wednesday.

The school’s annual career fair brought professionals from all sorts of trades to give students, kindergarten through fifth grade, a taste of what they can do if they apply themselves.

“They get to see all the different types of careers available to them, whether they require no college of four to eight years of college,” Mindy Riley, fourth and fifth grade teacher, said. “Before we started doing this, the kids didn’t realize all the jobs that were out there, much less what kind of courses they need. I think it opens their eyes up to what’s out there, aside from the usual doctor or lawyer jobs they hear about.”

She said the idea was to not just give kids ideas on what they might want to do when they grow up, but how to get there. She said each professional told them what kind of education or training they might need to do their jobs.

ShaTerrahnica Cummins, owner of ShaTerrahnica Photos, said as a product of Spring Hill Elementary, she wanted students to know that no matter where they come from, they can do whatever they set their minds to.

“I think it gives them a goal, something to stick with,” Cummins said. “I wanted to be a teacher when I was their age, but I changed my mind in college. Still, having a goal keeps them focused on learning.”

Don Goodwin, retired Army chief warrant officer 3, said he wasn’t representing any specific group, but he wanted to show kids the value of getting an education. He said his family has a pedigree for military service, but also for completing their college education.

He said while students were interested in his aviation displays, he hoped their interest in pursuing education beyond high school was piqued.

“It’s planting the seed,” Goodwin said. “It’s emphasizing what they’re learning right now. Some of them already have ideas of what they want to do. You’ve got to try to give them some positive information.”

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Judy Lunsford works on a lesson plan for her students with fellow teachers, Ellen Rothstein and Adam Stephens, in her classroom at Northaven Elementary in Jeffersonville Wednesday afternoon. Lunsford, a new addition to Northaven, will be teaching second grade.

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