MERCER COUNTY —
The third annual Mercer County Eighth Grade Career Fair, held Nov. 20 at Normandy Banquet Center in Hermitage, was a success. Nine hundred students from nine area junior high and middle schools – including Farrell, Keystone, Sharon, Sharpsville, Hickory, West Middlesex, Jamestown, Commodore Perry, and Reynolds – attended. The Career Fair was co-sponsored by Laurel Technical Institute and the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee.
The career fair, part of an initiative by LTI and the Shenango Valley Chamber to increase career awareness and promote education and training after high school among area youth, highlighted 11 “career clusters,” and engaged 75 area professionals to represent each cluster.
These clusters included agriculture, building trades, business, design/communications/art, education, health, hospitality, the armed forces, science and technology, social sciences, and transportation.
Representatives spoke with students about the education and skills required to work in each field, positives and negatives about their careers, and why they chose their professions. They also answered questions posed by the students.