Community panel discusses careers with DuBois Area School District students

Community panel participants talked to DuBois Area School District students about their careers. They included: Howie Allen, Walmart store manager; Aaron Beatty, business owner and entrepreneur from WPAL Fitness Center and Val Pak; Skylar Buriak, Human Resource Management for DuSan Ambulance; Sharon Engle from Paris; and Steven Harmic, Penn State DuBois Public Relations and Strategic Communications Officer.

DuBOIS — Various careers were discussed with students in the DuBois Area High School and DuBois Area Middle School at the latest community panel forum.

Business, management, administration and finance career clusters were the focus in January, according to middle school guidance counselor Maureen Gregorio.

Students signed up to attend the panel discussions that were held in the auditoriums of both schools. More than 450 students participated at the middle school and 250 at the high school.

“Our students benefitted from the interaction and information shared by the dynamic group of community presenters,” Gregorio said.

Community participants included: Howie Allen, Walmart store manager; Aaron Beatty, business owner and entrepreneur from WPAL Fitness Center and Val Pak; Skylar Buriak, Human Resource Management for DuSan Ambulance; Sharon Engle from Paris; and Steven Harmic, Penn State DuBois Public Relations and Strategic Communications Officer.

At the high school, Chris Taylor served as the teacher moderator for the career panels, while Cory Sholes moderated the middle school panel. They introduced the panelists and asked each one to describe their position and how they chose their careers.

The panel was then asked questions about what they like and don’t like about their careers, what education is required and what other jobs they may have had.

Later, students had the opportunity to ask their own questions, gathering information that will help them in career decision making, Gregorio said.

Next month, the Career Cluster will include arts, A/V technology and communications, as well as architecture and construction.

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