Police officers, bounty hunters and firefighters swarmed the halls of Crossroads High School. Nurses could be heard throughout the campus and students anticipated their next move — next career move, that is.

To encourage students to explore their job interests, passions and future goals, Crossroads High School administrators invited community members to participate in a career day.

Representatives from numerous professions, including the medical, criminal, and armed forces fields, volunteered their time to introduce students to different careers and job skills while engaging in a question and answer forum with the students.

Students, including Damante Jones, say they learned what it means to be a professional and there are many career opportunities available.

“Having so many professionals donate their time to help us to figure out all of the different types of jobs was cool,” Jones said. “It was especially interesting to learn about the careers that didn’t require a four-year degree.”

Volunteers explained college requirements, training, rewards and pay in their fields and encouraged students to try new things to help them find a job they will be passionate about.

Many volunteers including firefighter Robert Casanova brought in visual aids and allowed the students to gain first-hand knowledge about many of the tools used in the field. Casanova explained how the special protective coats, pants, hoods, and gloves keep firefighters safe while working. He then allowed students to try on the uniform and answered the abundance of questions they had about why the uniform was so heavy.

Community volunteers including Sergeant Kevin Miller from the police department spoke to the students about the ways to begin their careers and the opportunities for advancement in their fields. Miller explained that police officers have the opportunity to advance to become detectives, police sergeants and even chief of police.

Students like Terric Booth were surprised to learn that about the different careers in the law enforcement field.

“I am learning new thing about fields that I didn’t know before,” Booth said. “Misconceptions are being corrected, like there is room for advancement within the police department.”

Carolyn Taylor, school counselor and coordinator of the event, said she is grateful to the community volunteers for inspiring the students and letting them know there are options beyond high school.

“I am pleased that the presentations were so interesting and informative and that many of the students have begun to express interest in these fields,” Taylor said.

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