For the past 11 years, professionals from regional businesses and organizations have volunteered their insights and expertise to students as part of Churchville-Chili’s Ninth Grade Academy Career Day. This year, students gave their attention to 40 experts from a dozen fields including animal science, architecture, social media and health care.
Each career group presented a 45-minute outline of their field and job responsibilities before answering questions. Several speakers are Churchville-Chili alumni, like Rory Weilnau, a civil engineer with Stantec Consulting Services.
“Our goal is to spark interest in our students for a career area, and help them see the connection between their academics and the future,” said Ann Maher, career education coordinator. “The event is made possible with the support of our many presenters, who are parents of our students, alumni of Churchville-Chili and community members. We are incredibly grateful to all of them for taking time out to meet with our young people. Career Day proves to be a great way for the community and school district to work together to benefit students.”
Each student chose four areas of interest from digital arts, social media and photography, business and marketing, computer science and information technology, engineering and manufacturing, health care services and health sciences, architecture and construction, law and public safety, culinary arts, and animal science. Businesses included Agape Physical Therapy, ALA Architects, Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, Bar Bantam, Bausch and Lomb, Brand Networks, Campus Construction Management Group, Churchville Veterinary Hospital, Delphi Technologies, Gates Fire District, Harris Corp., Helen and Gertrude, Optimax, Precise Tool and Manufacturing, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Police Department, Seneca Waterways Council, The Stowe Law Firm, University of Rochester Medical Center, and Valhalla Cafe and Catering.