Several local businesses gathered to host a Career Fair for the students of North Edgecombe High School.
The fair is part of the school’s plan to have the community more involved in the school.
“The career fair is a part of our efforts to get the community more involved in the school,” said James Knight, English teacher at North Edgecombe. “This will help students understand the educational demands that they must meet in order to obtain the careers that these presenters have.”
Presenters included The Promise radio station, New Standard Videography and Photography, Think and Grow Day Care, PNC Bank, State Employees Credit Union and the Rocky Mount Telegram. Literary bloggers and physical therapists also participated in the career festivities.
“The Career Fair was a benefit to the students by having them take an in-depth look at some of the career fields that will perhaps pique their interests,” Principal Robert Batts said.
Batts said the career fair will foster a new mindset for students at North Edgecombe regarding their current studies.
“The goal is to help students understand that the time to start working toward these goals is not after graduation or even senior year,” he said. “The time is now.”
Edna Parker, business teacher at North Edgecombe, said she was excited to have the fair at the school because of what it did for the students.
“These children felt special today,” she said. “I could just see it on each of their faces.”
Knight, who was instrumental in planning the fair, said the school plans to conduct the fair each year.