Local students learn about career opportunities at annual career expo – Shelby County Reporter

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Local students learn about career opportunities at the annual career expo

Posted at 1:11 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2022

By NOAH WORTHAM | Personal editor

NORTH SHELBY – Local students had the opportunity to learn about multiple career options at this year’s Equip Career Expo.

The event was hosted by Equip on Thursday, November 3 at Valleydale Church.

“We had our fourth annual career expo,” said Equip Services Executive Director Blake Huynh, “and what we’re doing for this event is we have different speakers from different career fields to expose students to different careers. So what we’re asking them to talk about are the requirements to get in, the day-to-day (and) what it’s like to work in that field. The kind of salary scales or salary scales that exist and the kind of advantages and disadvantages of the job.

More than 500 students attended the event from surrounding schools, including students from Alabaster City Schools, Pelham City Schools, Hoover City Schools, and Shelby County Schools.

The program included a variety of speakers from different fields such as welding, manufacturing, education, cosmetology, graphic design, landscaping, tree maintenance, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy , law enforcement, fire services.

“We want to tell them, if they get into welding, ‘Hey, it’s a dirty job. It can be hot some days. It can be cold some days,” Huynh said, “and with that you get paid really well, and the overtime is great. If we move on to cosmetology we had a beta here to talk about what it’s like to be in their program and what it’s like to continue working in cosmetology or as a working esthetician in a spa and doing different treatments like that. I think the exposure students get is great because it opens up their knowledge and what they know about (as far as) career fields exist.

Cpl. John St. Pierre of the Alabaster Police Department attended the event and shared his law enforcement knowledge with the students.

“My role was to introduce students to law enforcement forensic investigations,” St. Pierre said. “I showed them the tools and resources that we crime scene investigators use to process the scenes. Students had exclusive hands-on access to these tools and had the opportunity to use them during my fingerprint demonstration. The students dusted off the fingerprints and successfully lifted them from a vehicle using my trained technique. »

Students also learned about a career in law enforcement, from eligibility for written and physical agility assessments and the different avenues they could explore later, such as detective, forensic and crime teams. tactical intervention, said St. Pierre.

“The event was a great opportunity for our students to explore the many career options they are eligible for right out of high school,” said St. Pierre. “Every student was fully engaged and asked lots of great questions. Some even took notes. I highly recommend other school systems attend this event.

“I am grateful and honored to have been invited by Equip Services to speak to all of these inspiring students. From my conversations with the students, the future of law enforcement employment is bright. The amount pleasure and excitement shown by these students during the demonstration and the practical part of my presentation was deeply humbling.”

Equip also has a day program called “Thrive” in which they help people aged 18 and over with disabilities.

“Our goal is to continue to teach job skills, life skills and social skills to foster greater independence and help build the future of people with disabilities,” Huynh said.

More information about Equip can be found at Equipservices.org, and those with questions can email [email protected]

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