Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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November 12, 2013

Career fair targets sophomore girls

Southeastern Career Center, Versailles, will host a nontraditional career fair for sophomore girls from 12 area high schools Tuesday, Nov. 19, reports Nancy Narwold, cooperative education coordinator.

The young ladies are invited to learn about the rewards and challenges of careers whose workers are at least 75 percent male. Occupations represented at the fair will include law enforcement, firefighting, pastry chef, graphic art, heavy equipment operator, school administration, attorney, machine trades, welding, diesel repair technician, electrical trades, engineering, factory sales and accounting and computer technology.

The Carl Perkins Federal Grant provides monies for career center programs with the understanding that career centers will work to include both males and females in all of their classes. “Using working professionals as speakers brings the world of work to students who are trying to determine the career paths they want to pursue,” Narwold reveals.

Plus, presenters may have experienced barriers that exist and can share how to handle them. Sometimes students do not realize that some male-dominated careers use the same skills at some female-dominated ones. Every profession prefers to hire skilled workers. “Human resource managers will tell you that the need for highly skilled workers exceeds the supply.”

When asked about the importance of this career fair, Arika Burke, Batesville High School counselor, shared her favorite quote, a Chinese proverb, for anyone that is learning: “ ‘Tell me and I’ll forget; Show me and I may remember; Involve me and I’ll understand.’ The career center implements these words daily. SCC is opening yet another door for our future generations by focusing on our young ladies and allowing them to think about, work with and persevere in careers females usually do not visualize themselves obtaining.”

For more information, persons can contact Narwold at 812-689-5253, Ext. 232.

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