The objective of the Career Day Program at Clarkstown South High School is get students thinking seriously about their career paths. While many high school students have general ideas about a major to study in college or a profession they are considering, often their knowledge is very basic.
Clarkstown School Board Trustee Mike Aglialoro, who has been spearheading Career Day, wants the event to provide students with some solid information.
“For me I want to give kids perspective,” he said, adding the program is something he has wanted to do for a while.
Aglialoro said teachers took a poll to assess student interest in learning about different professions and 500 responded that they would attend. Since then he has been working with the high school principals and the teams they have put together to plan and organize it.
Aglialoro said a letter went out to parents asking them to share their professional expertise and insight. He hopes professionals from a variety of backgrounds and especially those in the growth fields of science, math, technology and engineering will participate. Community members who are interested in talking about their fields at the program can complete the attached form and submit it by Monday, Jan. 28.
A keynote speaker will kickoff the event which will be followed by a Career Fair in the gym with stations setup for students along with their parents to learn about different professions. Students will also select three, 30-minute long breakout sessions they want to attend. Each professional will be asked to lead three sessions.
The three-hour fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is open to all Clarkstown North and South high school students.