Exploring their futures

Students participate in career fair at Washougal's JMS

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Photographer Debbie Rodgers demonstrates some picture taking techniques during a career fair at Jemtegaard Middle School recently.

Jemtegaard Middle School students were given the opportunity to explore a variety of possible careers at a recent career fair.

“The 29 presenters included many Washougal residents and businesses,” said David Cooke, principal. “Each student took part in three, half-hour presentations. The students picked two of their choices and we picked the other to expand their horizons.”

Some of the jobs included Secret Service agent, chiropractor, cosmetologist, pilot, detective, nurse, firefighter, movie director, videographer and surgical technician.

The day began with an assembly, which included guest speaker Jason Scukanec from the ESPN sports radio show, “1080 The Fan.” Scukanec was a standout football player at Mountain View High School in Vancouver, played for BYU and had a brief career in the National Football League. He is now a radio broadcaster. Scukanec discussed the twists and turns in life and stressed the importance of a good education.

Danny Birch, a firefighter with East County Fire and Rescue, participated in the career fair.

He enjoys the part of his job that brings him into school classrooms.

“Some kids are already thinking about becoming a firefighter and it is important to let them know what it takes to enter this career,” he said. “I tell them that it is challenging and knowing what I know now, I would have worked harder in school to be prepared.”

Cooke, who is in his first year at the helm of Jemtegaard, is grateful to those who volunteered their time.

“We wanted students to have a chance to see the many possible directions out there for careers so they can begin planning now,” Cooke said.