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Editor’s Notebook: BHS hosts huge Career Day event

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 11:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:56 p.m. CDT

About 100 professionals spoke with students at Batavia High School on Thursday morning as part of the school’s Career Day.

“It was fantastic; it was a huge undertaking,” said Principal JoAnne Smith. “The kids were so excited and talked about it afterward. ... Everything went so well.”

I participated in the event along with a pilot, air traffic controller, scientist, lawyer, military representatives, cosmetologist, mechanical engineer and dozens of other professionals. It was the biggest career day that I had ever been a part of, and I thought BHS did a great job of organizing the event.

Career Day coordinators Kelli Anas and Meg Lincoln wrote in an email after the event that they were receiving a lot of positive feedback from BHS staff, students and speakers, noting that hosting Career Day was “an all-building effort, down to teachers being in the classroom during each session.”

“We are hoping that the students were able to engage in some self-reflection regarding their own personal ‘soft skills’ and drive and how they relate to the careers they heard [about],” the coordinators wrote. “We did overhear some students say that their session was a downer; but if that’s the reality of the current career outlook, then they came away with a realistic vision.”

Thanks to BHS for hosting the event, and good luck with next year’s Career Day.

• • •

Episode five of “Viewpoint” – a roundtable talk show produced by Batavia Access Television that I moderate – is now available for viewing.

The episode takes a look at Fermilab in Batavia. It features five guests affiliated with the facility: Brendan Kiberg, a scientist working on the g-2 experiment; Marge Bardeen, head of the office of education; Erik Ramberg, a scientist and coordinator of the Saturday Morning Physics program; Andre Salles, a Fermilab spokesperson; and Todd Cumbow, a member of the Fermilab Community Advisory Board.

During the episode, we talk about the variety of activities available to the public at Fermilab; experiments taking place at the laboratory; how the facility works to get young people involved in science; and science funding.

To view the episode, visit www.mybatv.com/show/viewpoint.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at kgresey@shawmedia.com or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at http://ninaonline.org.

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