Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Columbus Fire Rescue’s Travis Hansen (left) and Terry Brumfield (middle) explain to a middle schooler how an oxygen tank works during Career Day.

CMS Career Fair hosts more than 30 professionals

Last Friday was not an ordinary day at Columbus Middle School.
Bells rang every 17 minutes, kids excitedly moved between classrooms, and a dream or new interest may have been sparked at the second CMS Career Fair.
More than 30 professionals from the area participated throughout the morning, exposing students to a wide variety of occupations – from occupational therapist to flight attendant to narcotics detective.
Each professional gave a presentation to the students, and the kids asked questions of the adults to better understand the skills each job requires.
In addition to the presentations, students visited booths in the gym, including those run by Columbus Fire Rescue and Atomic Sign and Design. The kids had an opportunity to interact with the professionals in a one-on-one setting and see some of the instruments used in different jobs.
Counselor and math teacher Lindsey Cross, who coordinated the event, said the goal is to establish the career fair as an annual event.
Cross said that “our students benefited from the many professionals that took time out of their day to share with our students.”
She added, “It was so nice to hear kids walk down the hall saying, ‘wow, I had no idea how cool that profession could be’ or ‘this is the best day ever.’”