Stow-Munroe Falls' Kimpton Middle School hosted its third annual Career Day event for all eighth-grade students on Feb. 3.
Forty-nine speakers from various employers presented during the event. All eighth-grade students had the opportunity to choose six sessions to attend.
"This was a great opportunity for our students to get an inside look into different college and career avenues," said Amy Woods, one of Kimpton Middle School's language arts teachers. "As the students will begin scheduling for their high school classes soon, they will have the chance to pick electives of their choice related to their interests."
Many local businesses sent employees to present to the students, including Heather Ciranna from Corner Cup Coffeehouse; Frank Smolinski from Berkshire Hathaway (Simon and Salhany) Realty; Eddie Norman and Mike Cianciola from People's Bank; and Jim Laber from AT Net Plus.
Additionally, representatives from Akron Children's Hospital, Summa Health Systems, Caring for Kids, Alzheimer's Association of Greater East Ohio, PepsiCo, Oracle Corp. and Hallrich attended, as well as several professors from Kent State University, The University of Akron and teachers from the elementary and high school levels. The school also received a visit from a pilot, firefighter/paramedic, commercial roofer, former professional soccer player, local judge, lawyer, City Council member, cosmetologist, athletic trainer and many more.
Prior to Career Day, students completed a college and career research project to help them discover their skills, interests and talents. The project began with various surveys and interest inventories, as well as research on specific colleges and careers.
Students then created a Google slides presentation to share with the class.
"The students always have a positive response to this event," said Principal Susan Palchesko. "It's important for us to provide them the opportunity to explore their interests. I would like to thank the individuals who spent time with our students. We really appreciated the visit and the presentations were very informative!"