County schools hold Career Day

Published 10:55 am Monday, September 19, 2011

Porchia Brown and Deandre Blackmon of Central High School check out Miles College with the help of recruiter Mequell Mayfield. There were among 340 students from Central High and The Calhoun School combined who attended Career Day at The Calhoun School in Letohatchee.

By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal

About 340 students from The Calhoun School and Central High School met recruiters from community, four-year colleges and all branches of the military at The Calhoun School Thursday for Career Day.

“The purpose of career day is to allow our students to see all of the career choices available to them and see what the college have to offer them,” said Curtis Jackson, guidance counselor for The Calhoun School.

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He said all totaled there were about 340 students including juniors and seniors from Central and ninth through 12th grade from The Calhoun School.

“It was a pretty good response, considering we’re four hours away and lot of students haven’t heard of us,” said Adam Goodman of the University of North Alabama in Florence. “Maybe some will come and check us out.”

Tyler Argent of the University of Alabama said the students who attend career day mostly learn “the enrollment process itself, how to apply, the requirements, the scholarship opportunities we offer.” He said information was also provided about the campus and student life.

“I’m looking for a college I can go to. I’m majoring in accounting, and I want to go to Alabama for college,” said Jamarcus Williams, a football player for Central High.

He said he wanted to make a good score on the ACT of 24 or above and that he has a 3.3 grade point average. He said also wanted to find out about the schools, what they require and how much it costs.

Anthony Hayes of The Calhoun School said career day represented “a bright future” for him, what he wants to accomplish when he gets out of high school. He said there were a lot of good schools represented, but he was interested in the University of South Alabama and Trenholm State Technical College.

Among participating colleges were the University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Troy University, Troy University Montgomery, Alabama State University, University of North Alabama, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, University of South Alabama, University of West Alabama, Stillman College, Tuskegee University, Miles College, Lawson State Community College, University of Montevallo, Concordia College, Auburn University at Montgomery, Faulkner University, Jacksonville State University, Alabama A & M University, Spring Hill College, Trenholm State Technical College and Fortis College.