PRESTONSBURG — The question of “what do you want to be when you grow up” may have come closer to an answer recently at one area middle school, thanks to several future-minded adults investing a few hours on youngsters’ tomorrows.
Adams Middle School conducted the annual Operation Preparation on March 26 to the over 120 eighth-grade students preparing to move into high school and eventually their first jobs and responsibilities. Operation Preparation is one of the many College and Career Ready initiatives through the Kentucky Department of Education, Floyd County Schools and the local middle and high schools.
Through the events, students encounter working people from a variety of career and educational fields and those successful in them. Last week’s even was an opportunity not only to speak with business, service and community leaders, but also to find out about the motivations, education, training and experience requirements of many of the vocations they might work in one day.
“Career exploration and awareness is a very important service we provide our students. Students are never too young to begin career studies,” says Tommy Poe, principal at Adams.
Autumn Evans, a student said the event was very beneficial: “I am interested in both newspaper and banking industries, and it was very helpful having people from those jobs to ask questions from.”
Participating community members spoke to the students as a group and then hosted smaller group break-outs to answer questions of interested students. Many brought brochures, pamphlets, and handouts for the students. The speakers at this year’s event were:
• Linda Wallen and Sue Martin, retired Floyd County educators
• Keith Hackworth and Heather Nelson, UK/Floyd County Extension Agents
• Greg Mills, business manager with United Parcel Service
• Elaina Stamper, branch manager First Commonwealth Bank
• James Billiter and John Bryant, Prestonsburg Fire Department
• Lacy Yegen, attorney with Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of Kentucky (AppalRed)
• Public Information Trooper Shawn Little, Kentucky State Police
• Maxanna Cook, Marketing and Public Relations Director of Highlands Health Systems
• Mike Vance, City of Prestonsburg
• Ralph B. Davis, editor of the Floyd County Times and manager of the Floyd County Farmers Market
This is the third year that Adams Middle School has hosted an OperationPreparation event. Coordination of the event was through Mr. Marcum’s Career class, Mrs. Goble’s computer class and Mrs. Keathley in the Family Resource Center.