Careers in Industry

J-E-T’s Eighth Graders Get a Glimpse of Careers in Industry
Posted on 09/25/2019
Students experience the effects of a plasma ball at the Greenwood fabricating and Metalworks display.

Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School’s eighth graders attended the Greenwood Regional Industry Showcase at Piedmont Technical College on Wednesday, September 18. The event is designed to provide youth with opportunities to talk to representatives from local manufacturers and service industries and to help them better understand the decisions they need to make now in order to thrive in future careers.

Representatives from Greenwood CPW, FUJIFILM, Greenwood Mills, Menardi Filter Elements, Greenwood Genetic Center, Self Regional Healthcare, and other companies were available to discuss their positions and the educational requirements needed to acquire those jobs. According to South Carolina Department of Commerce Regional Workforce Advisor Matt Wiggins, “This is an exercise in awareness. It gives them [students] a sense of what is in their own backyard and helps them think about future career pathways in industry. It’s an opportunity to plant some seeds.”

Eighth grader Katlyn Chinn remarked of the showcase, “It was inspiring in helping me think about what I might want for a career.”

VELUX, a Greenwood-based company that designs and manufactures windows and skylights, offered a VISA gift card to any student who could throw a baseball and break one of their double-paned windows. Although most who tried were unsuccessful, J-E-T students Patrick Martin and Mike Blocker each accomplished the task and left the event with $100 prizes.

Miranda Mills, another J-E-T student, won the grand prize of a Chromebook in a drawing sponsored by the Menardi Corporation.

“This is our fifth annual showcase,” noted James Bateman of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance, “but it is the first time it has been a regional event. We need our companies to educate young people about what is available in our own community.” As such, Edgefield County students are further empowered with information to assist them in planning and preparing for their future careers.

Mavis Seigler, Anslee Riley, and Samani Lanham experience the effects of a plasma ball at the Greenwood fabricating and Metalworks display.





Photo1 Caption: From left to right - Mavis Seigler, Anslee Riley, and Samani Lanham experience the effects of a plasma ball at the Greenwood fabricating and Metalworks display.






Skye Soto and Nathaniel Crow discuss job opportunities with representatives of the Menardi Corporation.





Photo 2 Caption: From left to right – Skye Soto and Nathaniel Crow discuss job opportunities with representatives of the Menardi Corporation.





 
Miranda Mills holds the grand prize of a Chromebook, donated by the Menardi Corporation.






Photo 3 Caption: Miranda Mills holds the grand prize of a Chromebook, donated by the Menardi Corporation.

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