JUST A FEW of the 68 vendors in attendance for the 2020 College and Career Fair held in conjunction with College and Career Week at Cairo High School last week. The event was organized by C.T.A.E. Department Chair/Career Counselor Michelle Ausley.
Cairo High School hosted its annual College and Career Week last week with each day dedicated to learning tips about how to get and keep a job, where to work or go to college, or how to realize a dream of a positive future.
The week of Feb. 10-14 kicked off on Monday, Feb. 10, with “Wear Career Hat Day.” Guest speaker Charlene Brinson with the Georgia Department of Labor shared tips with students about soft skills, interviewing and resumes.
Tuesday’s theme was “Be On Time Day.” Cairo High School theater students performed a skit, ”Who Gets the Job,” which demonstrated the do’s and don’ts of interviewing including, how to dress, use of body language, cell phone etiquette and how to answer and ask questions of the interviewer. First block classes without any tardies on “Be On Time Day” will receive a biscuit later this month. Chris Lokey, C.H.S. principal, says the results from 27 teachers totaled 538 students who qualified to receive a biscuit. “I’m so proud of this,” Lokey said.
On Wednesday, the theme was “Work is Tough and Rewarding – Wear Flannel and Boots Day.“ The school hosted a business industry panel with representatives from five businesses, including JTEK/Koyo, Wal-Mart, Grady E.M.C., A. West Enterprises and Performance Foodservices (PFG). Representatives from each business spoke to the 10th, 11th and 12th graders about their businesses, necessary skill sets for employees and job opportunities.
“Dress for Success Day” took place on Thursday when C.H.S. held its 2020 College and Career Fair titled “Shape Your Future” with 68 vendors in attendance. On hand to meet with the students were many potential colleges and employers including Southern Regional Technical College, Florida State University, Valdosta State University, 5 AM Surgical, Corteva Agriscience, Dollar Solutions, Donalson Diesel Performance, Georgia Forestry Commission, Grady E.M.C., Grady General Hospital, Hobson Chevrolet Buick, United Machinery Parts and Equipment, U-Save-It Pharmacy, United National Bank, and Vereen Rehabilitation Center. P.F.G. had prize giveaways, and one was an HP laptop.
The College and Career Week wrapped up with “Wear Your Favorite/Alumni College T-Shirt Day” on Friday and an assembly with guest speaker Dr. Debbie Phillips. Her message “You are the C.E.O. of Y.O.U.” inspired students to “dream, build and create the most beautiful place in the world, but it takes PEOPLE to make the dream a reality.” Phillips says her passion is developing top tier talent who add value to an organization through increased employee engagement.
“This week has been the best ever! I am thankful for our community and their passion for our young people here in Grady County,” said Michelle Ausley, C.T.A.E. department chair/career counselor and Work-Based Learning coordinator. “The success of our College and Career Week is all due to our community and their support. Thank you, Grady County.”