DELPHOS — Freshmen practiced job interview skills Friday at Delphos Jefferson High School.
There were 93 freshmen and over 70 principals, business and community leaders and post secondary leaders who participated in a mock interview event at the high school. The event was part of the high school’s Wildcat Careers and Pathways program in its first year, according to Chad Brinkman, Delphos Jefferson High School principal.
“This is a five-year initiative we are beginning that allows freshmen to create a 10-year career plan,” Brinkman said.
The students have been working this semester on figuring out what they want to do for a career and make plans to get there.
Students shared their resumes with potential employers and had cardboard displays set up where they showcased their future career plans and how they feel they can obtain them. Careers students were interested in included doctors, nurses, speech therapists, construction workers and police officers.
Business leaders interviewed students and asked them questions such as why they chose their career path, what their skills are and plan to accomplish that goal.
Elyse North, Delphos freshman, said her goal is to be a speech therapist.
“A family friend of mine was a speech therapist and after job shadowing her I knew it was a good fit for me,” North said. Her presentation included goals of graduating with honors and attending the University of Illinois.
“I enjoy working with other kids and if I was able to work in a school I would be able to help students with struggles,” North said.
Beth Seibert, Allen Soil and Water Conservation District stormwater coordinator, interviewed North on her career aspirations.
“As a mother of three daughters who have all been through college, I think this gives students a head start on making decisions and a plan for their future,” Seibert said.
Also part of the day was a visit to Franklin Elementary School in Delphos by Paolo DeMaria, Ohio state superintendent of public instruction. The school has been named one of 14 schools in Ohio to receive the 2019 nomination as a National Blue Ribbon School. Robert Hohlbein, Franklin Elementary principal, led DeMaria on a tour of the school.
“This is an honor for the school to receive the award and recognition of the great things that are happening here,” DeMaria said. He said the award is a reflection on the students, staff and communities.
He said education is about creating the future and the more schools can equip schools with the skills and knowledge to be successful that is what will make for a great community and state.
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