JVS Welcomed Hundreds at Career Tech Saturday Event

The JVS was bursting at the seams with excited 4th, 5th and 6th grade students, waiting to begin their first session at the Career Tech Saturday event held on Saturday, March 30.

Career Tech Saturday is a career exploration program designed to give elementary students hands-on experience in various career tech areas.

According to Betty Halliburton, JVS Director of Communications, the event drew over 300 students, parents and other family members. “The activities our career tech instructors offered were engaging, and the feedback was incredibly positive.”

The Network Communication Technology (NCT) activity was a hit with Hasita Kotagiri. Tim Reeves, NCT Instructor, asked the students who wanted to take out hard drives from desktop computers, and Kotagir shouted with excitement, “I DO!” She continued, “I want to take this class when I get older!”

Having students find that excitement is exactly what the event is designed to do. “This opportunity can spark the interest of our younger student population by providing fun activities while they learn a new skill set,” said Halliburton.

Students built their own birdhouse in the Carpentry lab, made a terrarium in the Landscape and Greenhouse Management lab, baked rainbow bread with the Culinary Academy, flew drones in the Computerized Design and Drafting program, tested out their artistic side with spray and airbrush painting in the Collision Repair lab, plus so much more.

Blanche Nemeth attended with her granddaughter who is a 5th grader at Columbia Middle School and was thankful to the JVS for the day’s events. “My granddaughter had a wonderful time and wants to attend again next year. Everyone was so supportive of the students and the adults too. The projects were meaningful and appropriate. It was an excellent day.”

There were activities for adults as well that included a flower arranging class, cooking demonstrations and salon services provided by the Adult Career Center Cosmetology students in their EDGEucated Cuts Salon.

Lorain County JVS will be offering their annual ExCEL Career Camp for students in the 7th and 8th grades this June.