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June 21, 2018

Boys & Girls Club series focusing on career choices

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Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co. Lt. Chris Sager and EMT Pat Koglin discuss emergency services careers with Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier members on Friday, June 15.
The Clifton Institute’s Sue Gavin explains how one determines the age of a tree.
Meteorologist Carl Ewald fields questions during the career fair.
The Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier hosted a career fair Friday, June 15, to kick off a three-part career exploration program for its summer attendees.

The series also includes the “Meet My Community” program in which club members take field trips to local businesses, public services and government departments to get an overview of each’s role in the community. The third element, a more in-depth career shadowing experience called “A Day to Become,” will connect inspired club members with the careers that interest them most.

“We know it’s important for kids to learn about local career options to help them become the caring, productive and responsible citizens of our community's future,” said Elizabeth Rose, the career fair coordinator and resource development officer for the Club. “Giving them opportunities to explore career options in difference sectors gets them thinking more open mindedly about what’s possible.”

The career fair included:

• Meteorologist Carl Ewald.

• Fauquier County Geographic Information Systems Engineers Dan Stell and Drew Fioranelli.

• Fauquier Habitat for Humanity staffers Mary Correia and Tony Toth.

• Veterinarian Elizabeth Krause.

• Fauquier SPCA Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Harvey.

• Firefighter Chris Sager.

• Emergency Medical Technician Patricia Koglin.

• Sheriff’s Deputy and Taylor Middle School Resource Officer Mundy Crummett.

• Interior designer Daniel J. Moore.

• Clifton Institute researcher, Teacher and conservationist Sue Garvin.

“The children were very interested in my business structure, such as how many employees I have, my use of architectural drawings to create designs, and in seeing the projects from start to finish,” Mr. Moore said. “I’d love to have them visit examples of starting and finished job sites.”

Mr. Stell concurred: “I was amazed at the questions the kids were asking.”

Club CEO Lynne Richman Bell stressed the importance of having youngsters think about their professional futures.

“Many kids need time to understand the social/emotional expectations and norms of work readiness in each career before they can possibly be prepared to be effective employees, entrepreneurs and business owners,” Ms. Bell said. “We are committed to preparing our kids to be socially and emotionally equipped to add value to any professional endeavor they aspire to.”

Established in 1997, the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier seeks to help youngsters of all backgrounds, especially those who need help to build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults. Serving almost 500 children, ages 5 to 18, the club operates on Keith Street in Warrenton and at Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealeton.

For more information, contact Ms. Bell 540-454-0861 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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