Career and Technology Students Share Aspirations

Students in Lake City High School’s Career and Technology Education program shared their learning experiences and aspirations during the recent meeting of the program’s advisory council.

B.J. Beard, a senior, said at the May 4 meeting that when he was a freshman, he didn’t know which career he wanted to pursue. After some thinking, Beard said, he decided to enroll in the school’s health occupation course.

The more time he spent in health occupations, the more he realized he liked it and wanted to pursue a career in health, he said.

Beard wants to become an anesthesiologist and will major in biology at Francis Marion University and then attend the Medical University of South Carolina, he said.

Roosevelt Bryant, a junior, said he has wanted to start his own business since he was 14 years old. He said the entrepreneurship classes taught him character and communications skills.

Darius Bell, a junior, said he initially didn’t want to take child development because he thought the course was too “girly.” Now, having completed the course, Bell said he is a better man and someday will be a good father because of things in he learned while taking the class.

Mary Barr, a senior, said she learned responsibility, dependability, safety and good sanitation practices during her internship at Bi-Lo. Barr enjoyed customer satisfaction and “loved” it when customers said “thank you” and she said the same thing in return, she said.

Antonio Hannah, a senior, said he enjoyed his internship at Lake City Community Hospital and specifically McLeod Regional Medical Center, where he worked with an occupational therapist. Hannah said he has been accepted to Winthrop University, where he will major in biology.

Larry Rose, a senior masonry student, demonstrated how to make a cement pig during the meeting.

Jennifer M. Odom, assistant principal and director of Career and Technology Education at the school, gave an overview of the program and an update on the program’s new features.

Next year, the program will offer a new Web design course and a certified nursing assistant program, she said.

Dinner was prepared by the school’s culinary arts students as well as building construction teacher Arbie Powell.


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