March 1, 2002
More than 200 St. John Valley area high school sophomores will converge on the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Thursday, March 28, for a half-day conference designed to showcase the numerous career opportunities available to them.
St. John Valley Career Conference 2002, which will feature presenters from more than 40 businesses throughout the county, is a collaborative effort of UMFK, Maine Career Advantage, and the St. John Valley Technology Center.
Event coordinators are planning the event to serve as a launching point for the students in career exploration. By introducing the sophomores to different occupations, the hope is they will find a career that interests them.
"This is an important conference because the students attending are beginning to think about what career field they will go into. They get to meet with practicing professionals from various businesses and organizations that let them know firsthand what their work involves," said Garland Caron, academic counselor at UMFK and one of the conference organizers.
The students will select two career clusters and be divided into groups according to interest. Two or three presenters will lead each group with a discussion about their chosen profession and what is required to enter the field. A second session will follow, which will allow students to hear about a different set of occupations.
In addition to setting professional goals, the conference is designed to help the students set goals for higher education that will best prepare them for their future careers.
"Hosting this event on campus is a great way to demonstrate that a successful career comes with the proper education and training," said Caron.
Schools participating in Career Conference 2001 include SAD 27 in the Fort Kent area, SAD 33 Frenchville/St. Agatha, the Madawaska School Department, and the St. John Valley Technology Center in Frenchville.