DCIT hosts Career Fair

Participants of the recent Career Fair at Darlington County Institute of Technology.

Participants of the recent Career Fair at Darlington County Institute of Technology.

On November 20, 2015, over 300 students from Hartsville and Lamar High School participated in an Interactive Career Fair at the Darlington County Institute of Technology. An Interactive Career Fair was also held on October 2, 2015 to accommodate students from Darlington and Mayo High School. During the career fair, students learn about career and educational opportunities that will aid them as they pursue their future career goals. These events are a collaborative effort between the Darlington County Institute of Technology (DCIT), each of the Darlington County high schools, and numerous members of the business community.

The purpose of the Interactive Career Fair is to provide opportunities for career exploration to students on their “Pathway to Success.

Tenth grade students are given interest assessments and participate in Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP) conferences to determine their career cluster. Individuals from industry are grouped together according to these clusters and speak to students about their career. Some of the presenters bring equipment they use in their job for students to see.

Students attended presentations by Darlington County Institute of Technology teachers who shared with them educational opportunities available to them while they are still in high school. These program areas included Agricultural Education, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Business and Marketing, Computer Service Repair, Electricity, Engineering, Graphics, Health Science, Machine Tool, and Welding. Industry presentations were provided in the following career clusters: Agri-Science and Bio-technologies; Arts and Mass Communication; Business; Education, Government and Human Services; Engineering; and Medical Sciences.

Industry presenters are listed below:

Allen J. Rabon – Sand Hills State Forest-Forest Technician
James Brunson – Pee Dee Region Stewardship Forester
Hunter Thomas – Public Relations/Marketing Specialist
Andrea Knapp – Photographer/Business Owner; Photographs by Andrea
Mitch House – Business Instructor, FDTC
James Cooper – Business Owner ; Cooper’s Barber Shop
TSgt. Marcheita Graham – Production Recruiter; SC Air National Guard
MSgt. Michael Burgess – Training; SC Air National Guard
Courtney Phillips – Community Specialist; SC Department of Juvenile Justice
Latasha M. Hodge – Intensive Supervision Officer; SC Department of Juvenile Justice
Deputy. Ken Sumner – School Resource Officer; Darlington County School District
Tim Watford – Fire Fighter; Hartsville Fire Department
Jason Brown – Darlington High School Career Specialist
Cheryl Lewis – Coordinator; Pee Dee Regional Education Center
James Kizziar – Mechanical Designer; Nucor Steel
Tim Bausmith – Electrical Engineer; Nucor Steel
Jeffrey Johnson – Maintenance Mechanics; Nucor Steel
Ricky Bazen – Welder; Tulsa Welding School
Dino Chavis – Machine Tool Technology Instructor; Florence-Darlington Tech.
Sgt. Phillip Cox – Recruiting and Retention; NCO
Brad Davis – Auto Collision Mechanic
Marc Robinson – Auto Collision Mechanic
Gregg Forlini – Physical Therapist and Program Coordinator; Florence Darlington Tech
Jake Webster – Certified Athletic Trainer; McLeod
Tavvy Smalls – Healthcare Recruiter/Careers Instructor; McLeod
Sgt.Justin Sattele – Medic; US Army Reserve
Barbara Brown, RN, BSN – Health Care Provider

Author: Duane Childers

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