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Career Day Sparks Interest In Future Jobs

photo of career day 2019 at midlakes middle school

Midlakes Middle School students received a behind-the-scenes look at several jobs during a Career Day that brought a diverse mix of jobs into the classroom.

A variety of speakers from multiple industries exposed students to various careers and other opportunities.

»PHOTO GALLERY: Career Day '19

“It is really important to me when I come in and do this to support them in the right direction,” said Nick Hargarther, a Clifton Springs resident and volunteer at the Phelps Public Library. “It’s giving them a resource so if there is something they want to do we can help.”

While the library has many books, it also has a makerspace where students can start to dabble in soldering, wood-working, fiber arts, paper crafting and more. Students at the Career Day were also able to try on the library’s Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset to design and draw in a virtual world. 

Other presenters included a video game designer, a pharmacist, nurse, electrician, sheriff deputies, news editor, farm operators and more, all with the goal of helping students discover the training needed for a specific job, along with pay and hours.

Chris Meehan, a co-owner of The Frame Shop in Fairport, said his job is more than putting wood and glass around photos, but rather helps preserve treasured moments for families and individuals.

Students were required to write down questions to ask the speakers, along with writing down at least five things they learned throughout the day. Those visiting students included:

  • Bob Sloan, real estate agent
  • Marc Watts, military
  • Toni Barnett, U.S. Navy construction battalion
  • George Pollise, custom motorcycle builder
  • Kristi Kuhn, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES
  • Chhaya En, JC Jones & Associations, director of information technology/security
  • John Bradley, Bradley Professional Salon and Spa 
  • Martha Jones, nurse
  • Evan Doody, video game designer
  • Chris Meehan, The Frame Shop, owner
  • Amanda Herrick, pharmacist
  • Neal Amburg, viticulture
  • Alan Brignall, News Editor Finger Lakes Times
  • Bill McGuigan, Ontario County Humane Society
  • Mollie Kenerson, victim advocate, Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes
  • John Mueller, Willow Bend Farms
  • Mike Smith, union electrician
  • Tyler Brooks Lambert, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dana Egburtson, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, K9 unit
  • Nick Hargarther, Phelps Library and STEAM Lab Makerspace
  • Leah Hamilton, Phelps Library and STEAM Lab Makerspace
  • Hannah Worden, Will-O-Crest Farms
  • Toni Fadden:  U.S. Navy and Midlakes Middle School Secretary