Career fair

Local businesses inform students about job opportunities


Oren Smith

Seniors Elaina Roberson and Kylee Spriggs observe brochures during the career fair last week. The fair attracted various students looking for local job opportunities in Texarkana.

Story by Lindsey Egger, editor in chief

The junior and senior class attended a career fair in the Sullivan Performing Arts Center on  Dec. 7. The event encouraged students to think about job opportunities in town. Several businesses set up venues to show students why they should consider working for them. The multitude of options allowed students to reflect on what they expect out of their own careers.

“I hope today that the students will take advantage of this opportunity to see that there are some really good career options available in our area right in their hometown,” said Genie Clem, International Paper Human Resource Generalist. “There’s good careers to go straight into right out of high school if you’re not ready to go to college (at) this point, and then there’s also good careers that can support you and your future family if you do want to go to college or do (get) a certificate.”

The career fair informed students on what specific qualities these careers are looking for.

“In the workforce, we’re looking for ambitious, definitely patient, and a lot of empathy (in employees),” said Karen Walker, Manager of Outpatient imaging Center at Wadley Regional Medical Center. “We take care of patients from pediatrics all the way up to the elderly.”

If you have a question about your career path, see Mrs. Stark in the College and Career Readiness Center in the Math and Science Building.