Thinking and dreaming about tomorrow’s jobs today

MANISTEE — The sky is the limit for elementary students when asked what they want to do for a living when they grow up.

One of the many Career Day presenters at Kennedy Elmentary School was the Michigan State Police.

One of the many Career Day presenters at Kennedy Elmentary School was the Michigan State Police.

Earlier this week the students at Kennedy Elementary School had the opportunity to view what 19 different professions look like when they held a Career Day event. Principal Kevin Schmutzler said the concept was to give the students a look at what people do in different jobs and to get them thinking about the future.

“We did a survey first to see what types of careers the kids were interested in,” said Schmutzler. “After the survey we kind of recruited people who were in those career fields. I sent out 60 invitations and we ended up with 19 who were able to make it.”

Schmutzler said some of the most popular choices of the students was law enforcement, medical careers, military and hair stylists.

“The presenters made it real fun for the kids and gave them the opportunity to learn what jobs look like in our community that they can do for a career,” said Schmutzler. “Some of them did a PowerPoint presentation and others brought in some of the things they use on their jobs.”

Schmutzler said one of the favorites for the students was bakers Connie Watson and Stephanie Jans brought in cupcakes, and the kids got the chance to decorate them and then then enjoy it.

The Kennedy principal said his wife came in and talked about her salon business and gave the students a fun hands-on experience.

“One of the things she had to do to graduate from cosmetology school was to shave a balloon without popping it,” said Schmutzler. “Even though the kids didn’t have any straight razor blades to do it they had plastic razors and were shaving balloons and that was a lot of fun.”

The DNR brought in all kinds of pelts and horns to show the students and told stories to the students about some of the rescue things that they did on their job.

“That provided a lot of fun for the kids because it was hands-on activities,” said Schmutzler.

Another popular draw was Manistee High School alumnus Aaron Simoneau, who is currently an assistant track coach at Michigan State University.

“He talked to the kids about recruiting and traveling and the kids got a big kick out of it,” said Schmutzler. “They thought that would be fun some day to run track and go to MSU.

Schmutzler said the day also got the students thinking about the future.

“The day created a real buzz around around the school and created some hopes and dreams of what they wanted to do some day,” he said.

What is more important is Schmutzler said the program had a big impact on the students and got them thinking about what type of training and education they needed for various career positions.

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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