Always eager to participate in community outreach activities, our Nashville College Campus Career Services Department recently received a call. The caller, from Cockrill Elementary School in Nashville, had a last-minute request of our Campus: to pull together a Career Day – one that would otherwise have to be canceled because of the after-effects of Nashville’s recent flooding.
Wasting no time, Director of Education Lori Bankey and her program department chairs met quickly to select two students from our Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Dental Assisting and Medical Assisting programs to attend the session. Career Services Representative Ginia Harper and Cosmetology Department Chair Regina Wade volunteered to accompany the students.
On May 20, 2010, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., each student group delivered a presentation to 160 fourth and fifth graders about the career field they were studying and why they chose Remington College.
After giving an overview of their program, each group interacted with the class in a hands-on activity related to their area of study. Our cosmetology students brought a mannequin and talked about the ways they use them during class. Our dental assisting students used a rope game to demonstrate the importance of flossing. Our criminal justice students showed how to collect fingerprints, and our medical assistants showed students how to measure the difference in their pulse rates before and after physical activity.
After our students’ presentations, all of the fourth and fifth graders raised their hands when asked whether they wanted to attend college.
“We are so grateful for your timely response and the enthusiasm your students had during each presentation,” said Loretta Green, the Family/Community Liaison for Cockrill Elementary School. Ms. Green also invited the Nashville Campus representatives to play a role in future Career Day events.
“I think our team had a definite impact on the students we spoke to and shared experiences with. I also believe our students gained as much as the elementary students did in being able to talk about their chosen career paths,” said Ms. Harper.