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Career Day exposes students to opportunities

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm


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Alan Bunch, with Russell Barnett, speaks to students in a session on auto mechanics.

Alan Bunch, with Russell Barnett, speaks to students in a session on auto mechanics.

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is known as a local business and industry support system, but it’s not unusual for the organization to use its connections to provide educational opportunities for students.

With the help of a large group of local business representatives, the Franklin County Chamber organized a Career Day at North Middle School.

Middle school students from North, South and Huntland participated in the event and were able to learn about different careers, their salaries and the endless possibilities they can take advantage of after high school.

Just about every Career Day speaker informed students that furthering their education will be important to landing a job in most fields, so after high school, it would be beneficial to look at attending a technical school or a four-year university.

Alan Bunch, parts and service director at Russell Barnett Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Inc., spoke to a classroom of students about auto mechanics and stated that no matter what they decide to do, make sure it’s something they enjoy.

“We only get one life and you’ve got to do something with the time you’ve been given,” he said. “You might as well do something you’re passionate about.”

In North’s gym, representatives from the Nissan powertrain plant in Decherd told students about the various opportunities offered at their facility. As an example, they explained what tool and die makers do at the plant, which includes die assembly and inspection, computer numerical control programming, manual machining, CNC machining, high-speed machining, tig welding, hand grinding, precision measuring, casting die, heat treatment and die spotting.

These Nissan professionals added that engineers also do important work at the plant and explained that one type of engineer that Nissan employs is a safety and ergonomics engineer. It was mentioned that this person identifies, investigates and offers recommendations for unsafe conditions, behaviors and poor ergonomics, and part of the job entails reviewing equipment and processes for safety issues and assisting with any work-related injuries and illnesses.

In addition to these jobs, staff from Southern Tennessee Medical Center provided students with information on the various jobs in the medical industry. John Howard, administrative director of medical imaging at STMC/EHH, spoke on radiology and sonography.

Some other careers students were able to learn about Friday included visual media, teaching, law enforcement, cosmetology, construction, physical fitness training, finance and banking and business.

Judy Taylor, the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, thanked all those involved in making the Career Day at North Middle School possible and being role models for the county’s students.

“I think these types of Career Day events are important because they show students what getting a good education can lead to,” Taylor said. “I think that both students and the professionals took a lot away from this experience, and I greatly appreciate our business leaders who took time out of their busy schedules to be here.”