Rather than having smaller career fairs at each of the seven Talladega County high schools, the one large event attracts more recruiters and creates a festive atmosphere.
“It’s easier to get colleges to come one time, and our superintendent is very supportive to bring all the juniors and seniors here,” said Kim Knight, career tech advisor for Talladega County schools.
With students arriving by school bus throughout the day from B.B. Comer, Munford, Lincoln, Talladega County Central, Winterboro and Fayetteville high schools, joining their counterparts from Childersburg High School already on the campus, hundreds of students milled around the booths set up by 40 recruiters.
Through the day, some 500 students would visit.
Munford High School junior Selena Reed said she got the help she needed.
“I’ve been really interested in going to UAB, but I was very intimidated,” she said. Reed said she wants a career in the medical field. “I learned more about that, and it’s helping me figure out what I want to do.”
She’s also checking into Jacksonville State, Auburn University, the University of Alabama and Gadsden State Community College.
Munford students were given a list of guidelines to help them figure out what questions to ask, and Munford classmates Keira O’Neal and Armiller Jenkins said that was helpful as they learned about ROTC programs at various schools.
Jenkins was also interested in fraternities and sororities, and was impressed with what she learned about the ROTC program at Miles College.
“Coming out of high school and into the real world is hard,” Jenkins said. “You need a plan.”
Recruiter Eli Miles of Shorter University in Rome, Ga., said he was impressed with the sharp-dressed students and their questions about tuition, financial aid, enrollment and admission requirements.
Phillip Green of the University of Montevallo echoed Miles’ sentiments. “The students are great,” he said.
The event was coordinated by Sallie Chastain, the School System’s community education coordinator.
“Education should not ever be considered as completed, rather a continual graduating to the next level,” Chastain said. “Talladega County schools cannot be satisfied to know that all of our students have graduated high school if they are not ready for the next phase of their life that may be college enrollment or being well prepped for a basic career beginning.
“The College and Career Day brings together a number of ‘next level’ entities for high school juniors and seniors to discover an array of expectations and options. The College and Career Day gives our students face-to-face conversation opportunities to open doors for the real world after high school graduation.”
Schools and programs represented at the fair were Mississippi State University, University of North Alabama, Birmingham-Southern College, Gadsden State Community College, Southern Union Community College, Samford University, Troy University, University of West Alabama, Central Alabama Community College, Lawson State College, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama, University of Mobile, University of Alabama Birmingham, Faulkner University, Jacksonville State University, Auburn University Montgomery, University of Montevallo, Auburn University, University of Alabama Huntsville, Huntingdon College, Shorter University, Universal Technology Institute, Southeastern Bible College, Art Institute, Concordia College, Lincoln College of Technology, Alabama A&M University, Miles College, University of South Alabama, Judson College, University of Alabama Early College, Stillman College, Wallace State Hanceville, Wyo Tech, Alabama State University, the Auburn University College of Engineering, Go Build, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marines.
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