Approximately 1,000 ninth grade students from Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties attended the recent Jump Start to Success event in Hattiesburg to learn about career opportunities.
“This is the fourth year Mississippi Power has sponsored this event and partnered with the Area Development Partnership, to make this program a success,” said Community Development Representative Ann Holland. “It’s similar to Pathways to Possibilities and is a wonderful opportunity for both the students and area businesses.”
Demonstrations, videos, displays and interactive models are used to expose students to careers available in the greater Hattiesburg region. Company employees demonstrated bucket trucks and Safety City and visited with students at the iCan booth in the engineering pathway.
“Central Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown stopped by to express his appreciation to the company for participating in the event. Our employees showed him what they had demonstrated for the students and shared information they had discussed with the students as well,” said Holland.
Other pathways included agriculture, architecture, construction and design, education, energy, finance and business services, health sciences, hospitality and tourism, information technology and law and public safety.
“The ninth grade is the time for students to start career discussions with their families and teachers. Attending a career fair where the target audience is the future workforce gives students an opportunity to talk about careers they find interesting with people currently working in those areas,” concluded Holland “It also may provide a glimpse into possibilities they didn’t know existed.”
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