Middle schoolers explore non-traditional careers at Raven Hill expo
Joelle Beaudoin (right) from Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center demonstrates her speed taping technique on Jessica McClure, middle school student from Boyne City. (Courtesy photo / May 21, 2013)
The career sessions are designed to expose students to a variety of resource people in non-traditional careers as well as give them some first-hand experiences in a variety of career areas. Individual schools select the participants based on their curiosity and potential in school.
Raven Hill hosts career expos annually to stimulate a greater interest in academics, to broaden awareness of career options, to motivate students to take extra academic classes in high school and to provide role models for middle school girls and boys. This year's groups will bring the total number of participants to more than 3,400 since the events began in 1993 for the girls and 1995 for the boys.
The hands-on career expos are sponsored by Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District and take place on the campus of Raven Hill Discovery Center. This year's participating students, teachers, chaperones and presenters got a glimpse of life in archeology, water quality, sports medicine, fisheries, equine profession and conservation for the girls; and engineering, physical therapy, music, emergency medical services and alternative energy for the boys. Middle school students from Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Alanson, Boyne City, Concord Academy Boyne, East Jordan and Ellsworth attended the sessions.
Students rotate in small groups through different sessions and get hands-on experiences in various careers. Presenters this year were Kerri Finlayson, anthropologist; Kira Davis, water quality specialist from Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians; Jennifer Gelb, water quality expert from Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council; Jory Jonas, fisheries biologist for DNR Great Lakes Fisheries Division; Elizabeth David, equine professional; Andrea Erratt, DNR conservation officer; Joelle Beaudoin and Stacey Ostrowski, from Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center; Tom Kaufmann, musician from Traverse City; Kevin Janka, engineer; Kyle Noble and Mike Aenis, physical therapists with Boyne and Jordan Valley rehabilitation centers; Ric Evans from Paradigm Energy Services of Charlevoix; Jeff Stratton, alternative energy from JD Stratton Electric in Beulah; and Jay Peck, EMT from East Jordan.
For more information, call Cheri Leach at (231) 536-3369.