Washingtonville 8th Grade Career Fair Sparks Young Minds
By Eugenia Moskowitz
The future was on eighth graders’ minds as they flocked to the various display tables at Washingtonville Middle School’s annual Career Fair on Apr. 18. Each year, the fair, organized by Health and F&C Science teachers Carole Allegro, Jennifer Dempsey, and Meaghan Murphy, successfully brings in local parents from a wide array of professions to present and discuss what they do. Some of the more popular tables were law enforcement (represented by Washingtonville Police Department, NYS Troopers, NYPD evidence collection, CTEC-BOCES, and the FBI) where students were introduced to basic police work techniques, and emergency medicine (represented by Blooming Grove Ambulance and FDNY) where students learned about the fundamentals of pre-hospital care and could test out medical equipment.
Other tables included the fields of sports management, culinary, finance/banking, risk management, museum studies, library science, social work, journalism, the Air National Guard, nursing (Columbia University School of Nursing), medical device engineering, marketing (Pepsi Cola media head), the Orange County Dept. of Health, and self-owned small businesses such as a hair salon and an engraving/graphics company. School superintendent Roy Reese brought in some of his therapy dogs and discussed how they are trained and what they do.
The students were given a list of the professions ahead of time and gravitated to the tables they were most interested in, asking questions about what innate predispositions, learned skills, formal training, and higher education is required for the different professions. Students also were surprised to find interest in fields they had never thought about but were now exposed to.
Parents in the school district who would like to represent their professions at next year’s Career Fair can contact Jennifer Dempsey at email@example.com
CAPTION : Washingtonville High School senior John Hastings, in the CTEC law enforcement academy at BOCES, demonstrates how to cuff someone.