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PHOTOS: Cross High students check out 'super' careers

Published on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021

  sheriff's deputy in drivers side of vehicle with CHS students in background

BCSD photos / Monica Kreber


Career Day at Cross High came with a bit of a twist on Friday.

The school celebrated National Career Development Week and Trident United Way Day of Caring with a Career Fair that sported the theme “Be A Hero.”

The overall message: Not all heroes wear capes.

Dr. Lorna Manglona-Alexander, career specialist for Berkeley County School District’s high schools, said the overall goal was to focus on careers that exemplify heroism – law enforcement, different military branches, healthcare and more.

The school usually does a career fair each year – except for last year, because of the pandemic. In previous years, the school focused on Cross High graduates who were working in all career clusters.

Usually this was held right before Thanksgiving since many Cross High graduates come home for the holidays. As such, the school was able to get individuals who were out of town and out of state.

This year’s career fair was held mostly outside, plus some stations inside the school auditorium.

Throughout the afternoon students in ninth through 12th grade were invited check out different careers with those who serve. Students got to do interactive career-related activities as they rotated through the stations.

Representatives from Berkeley County Fire, Sheriff’s Office and EMS talked to students about how they serve residents in Berkeley County. Students were invited to crawl through a fire truck and a sheriff’s deputy SUV and ask questions about the vehicles.

The U.S. Army National Guard showed what they do “in a day in the life of basic training” (there was a lot of giggling while students attempted to get in formation, do push-ups and do teambuilding exercises).

The U.S. Air Force was a particularly popular station as students were permitted to fly small drones inside the school auditorium. At a nearby station set up by Miller Motte Technical College, students learned about the school’s healthcare program and got to operate an IV on a fake arm to learn how to draw blood.

There was a virtual reality welding machine set up by W International, which does defense buildings of Navy ships, so students could get the feel of welding. There were also representatives from SCS Engineers to speak with students on environmental engineering.

Students got to “talk shop” with the Universal Technical Institute (NASCAR) to learn about careers in the transportation industry, and then they swung by the U.S. Forest Service booth to listen to representatives from the Francis Marion and Sumter forests speak about their jobs.

Check out more photos from Friday.

Monica Kreber