By Jeannie Johnson
CTE Pathways Coordinator, Bear River Region
The thought of over 3,000 students in two days coming to the Bridgerland Applied Technology Center (BATC) campus might be overwhelming to some, but we LOVE IT!! It means Career Days is here.
The Career Days event includes interactive exhibits, trade and industry displays, and demonstration projects requiring student involvement. The event creates career awareness for opportunities for those students who have the right skills. Our task is to convert student’s enthusiasm to a career path and to assist them in obtaining skills to successfully compete in a global economy.
With 47 “hands-on” booths for students to explore covering everything from cosmetology to robotics to computerized wind velocity tracking to the content of sugar in your favorite Coke® product, there was definitely something for everyone. Students from Cache, Box Elder, Rich, and Logan School Districts attended Career Days. We also had two schools from Idaho and two from Wyoming attend.
As students got off the bus, they were divided into three areas—heavy equipment, automotive, and clean fingernails. The heavy equipment area had 26 pieces of equipment with operators there to instruct the students. Operators answered hundreds of questions about how they liked their job and what they needed to do to become an operator.
In the automotive area students were able to participate in many hands-on activities. They learned about the different types of brakes on cars and how to take them apart. In the painting booth students learned how to use smooth motions to paint a car. Students learned how to bend copper pipe for plumbing, how to recycle, and where recycled materials are used. Students spent time in handcuffs, with the Cache County Sheriff officer, learning how it feels to be a prisoner. Hopefully this is not something they want to be, but they got some good ideas of what the day in the life of a police officer is like.
In the clean fingernails area students were exposed to careers in cosmetology, dental, nursing information technology, agriculture, television production, and many more. Students painted fingernails, learned about cleaning teeth, guessed how much sugar was in a particular drink, learned about what is inside a computer and how it works, matched cuts of meat with where they come from on the body of a cow, and how a green screen works on television. These are just a few of the fun booths students could visit.
The weather was wonderful and students had a great time learning about careers. Thank you to all of our sponsors for helping make Career Days at BATC a huge success! We already have schools asking when Career Days will be next year! So. . .
SAVE THE DATE
April 30-May 1, 2014
Career Days at BATC
Watch students participating in Career Days activities at BATC.
We appreciate the Logan High School Video Production class who produced the Career Days video. Thank you to each student and to their instructor Scott Harris!
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