LIMA — High school seniors who are about to graduate and enter the workforce were given the opportunity to participate in the first-ever Spartan Career Readiness Fair Tuesday at Lima Senior High School.
Students and members of the public got a chance to also hone their interview skills and resume writing as well as visit with representatives from Custom Staffing, Northwest Ohio Literacy Council, Ohio Department of Transportation, Frost Roofing, Halker Drywall, Lima Building Trades, DANA, Local 776-Plumbers and pipefitters union, Ohio Means Jobs and the City of Lima.
The event was organized by members of Lima Senior’s DECA chapters.
“Our project is for career development overall so any way to help the community also like finding jobs or opportunities that can further them we felt it would be important to do that,” said Xylon Payne-Greeno, a Lima Senior DECA member.
There are around 70 juniors and seniors involved in the two DECA chapters at Lima Senior.
They wanted to show that there are opportunities for people who may not be going to college after they graduate.
“Yes, that’s a big thing for us because not a lot of people may have those credentials. The Lima literacy council is here for people that are looking to further their education with a GED so they’re able to make those opportunities happen,” said Payne-Greeno.
The Career Readiness Fair is something the students have been working on for the past couple of months.
“I would definitely say there’s a need (for the fair). There’s some parents who are putting their lives on hold because of their kids and they want to continue their future. So we have booths here to help them maybe continue their schooling or just get a better career for them to be more successful in life. It’s time for them to do what they need to do for themselves,” said Freedom Bell, vice president of marketing for the DECA chapter.
The Career Readiness Fair is part of a larger project the DECA chapters are working on.
“Our students have tackled a year-long project that they’re going to be competing at the state and it’s about career readiness and it’s really important for them to give back to the community to try to be that connecting piece that links opportunity with the right people,” said Chrissy Hood, DECA adviser at Lima Senior High School. “It’s been a great learning experience for our students.”
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