Turner Tech hosts college, career fair

caines | 10/25/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Students offered career and college options

William H. Turner Technical Arts Highs Adult Ed hosted a unique combination of a college and career fair on Oct. 16th. With representatives from 4-year universities, 2-year colleges, trade schools and companies, students had a vast variety to choose from. LaMarc G. Anderson, career and college advisor at Turner Adult Ed Tech, enjoyed being a part of the planning committee. He said that their main focus was to provide a large number of college and career choices for the students. We're on to something great, Anderson said. At similar events, it's either going to be a college fair or career day but this is a combo. Sophia J. Hall, vice principal of Turner Tech Adult Ed, said students responded very well. She was proud that many students collected information for the future. Phillip Mortimer, 19, an adult education student who is interested in studying journalism at Florida State University, said the event was very resourceful. Although there was not a representative from FSU at the event, Mortimer visited several of the other schools displayed at the event. He was glad he attended the fair, because while visiting tables of other colleges, he learned more about effectively pursuing a career in journalism. Dr. James C. Jackson, assistant director of enrollment and recruitment at Nova Southeastern University, said that being a part of the event was very important. We [were able to] reach out to the community to offer our programs and let them know that there are opportunities for them to advance in their academics and make themselves more marketable in the workplace. Vanise Fancois, 18, student of adult education, wants to become an obstetrician, therefore a representative for Florida Memorial University encouraged her to get all As on her report card so that she could has a better chance at achieving her goals. Many students also visited career tables like barbering, massage therapy, air conditioning and refrigeration tables. There were career options that ranged from the military to banking. Terry Mathis, a licensed esthetician at Living Waters European Spa and Salon, who gave massages, said that there were a few students who were interested in getting into the cosmetology field. She spoke with students about becoming certified and career opportunities in the field. Mathis said that the field is good for those who are truly passionate about it. Veronica S. Wesley, adult education teacher, said students had a great advantage over people who may try to reach the representatives over the phone or via e-mail. They had a human being right there, that they could speak with in person to get their questions answered, she said. Students at the fair were exposed to countless options, just as Anderson had envisioned. All we can do is expose them and [then] it's up to them to take it and run, he said. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com