Oceanside students explore careers

By Daniel Dunkle | Mar 13, 2019
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Rockland firefighter Carl Anderson, right, talks to students at Oceanside High School March 13 during the Career Day event in the gym. Pictured with him is Thomaston firefighter Aubrey Johnston.

Rockland — More than 50 organizations set up booths and displays in the Oceanside High School gym Wednesday, March 13, to help high school students explore possibilities for their future careers.

Many of the local employers also spoke to students in breakout sessions in classrooms as part of the Oceanside Career Day and College Expo.

Students were able to ask questions and gather information materials from colleges and universities around the state, including The University of Maine, Colby, Unity College and The College of the Atlantic. They were able to talk to representatives from numerous local businesses in industries including manufacturing, banking, beauty, design, electrical work and health care. Military recruiters were on hand, and nonprofit organizations did outreach.

"This year's Career Day was an enormous success!" said Jobs For Maine's Graduates Specialist Jane-Ann Reinink, who organized the event for the high school. "This is the fifth or sixth year Jobs for Maine's Graduates (JMG) has sponsored the Career Day at Oceanside."

She said planning for the event began after Christmas break. The day before the event, eight JMG students helped set up 60 tables and 125 chairs in the gym.

The event started at 7:45 a.m. and ran until about 11 a.m.

"I loved watching my JMG students take charge of their specific jobs, whether it be rolling the tarps out to protect the gym floor or signing each participant in at the registration table," Reinink said.

This was her first year organizing the event, and she gave a lot of credit to her predecessor, Scott Browning, who organized it previously.

Sani Coco, left, of Whitefield works at a table for Aveda Institute beauty school at the Oceanside Career Day and College Expo. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Nick Ray recruits students for The University of Maine at Orono in the foreground, while John Tabor works in admissions for the University of Southern Maine. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Rockland Police Officer John Bagley does outreach for the police department March 13 at the Oceanside Career Day and College Expo. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Sgt. Michael Capponi represents the Maine National Guard March 13 at the Oceanside Career Day and College Expo. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Republican Journal Editor Stephanie Grinnell works the VillageSoup table March 13 at the Oceanside Career Day and College Expo. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
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