“Our vision is to have all of our students become college and career ready, and since we do not have the funding to take students to all of the businesses around the area, we are fortunate that the businesses send us representatives to speak to the students,” Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School Principal Karen Parker said. “By having the representatives visit our students, it is very beneficial to both the businesses and the students.”
Career Day is the kickoff event at the school for November, which has been designated as National Career Development Month.
“Students stay in one classroom and then the presenters rotate around to different rooms to do presentations to the students,” RHHS Director of Guidance Cheryl Dopson said. “We had school queens and also ROTC students who facilitated the events and helped presenters get to their correct locations.”
Presenters included the United States Marines, Alpha Genesis, Beaufort-Jasper Comprehensive Health and others. Many presenters were recent graduates of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School.
Isabel Noriega, a senior at RHHS, plans to be a pediatric nurse. She said she’s considering several colleges to attend after graduating.
“I was able to speak to someone who was already a pediatric nurse and that helped me learn more about the profession even before I go to college,” she said. “I think career day will help students because they actually speak with someone who is already in a career they are interested in.”
Jared Riley, a senior, wants to attend South Carolina State and major in physical education and coaching. He heard from a different speaker who was a counselor for youth in the area.
“I think this is good for all of the kids to be able to see people who already work in the places they want to go,” he said. “I enjoyed our speakers and I love to help people, so it was good to hear from them.”
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