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Students Explore Career Options at Annual Transitional Fair

Mount Vernon High SchoolMetal works students explored careers in construction trades, the military, the culinary world and more in the annual Career and Technical Education Transitional Fair today.

Ashton Rumaldo said he was generally interested in the information technology field, but after speaking with representatives from the International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry, he said it was good to look at optional careers.

With one year of school left before graduation, he said, “I want to learn this stuff as early as possible.”

Rakayla Ramcharran, a junior, spoke with an Air Force representative.

Army“It’s an option,” she said. “I want to be a pilot; I want to fly airplanes.”

The event, in the cafeteria, offered students – mostly juniors and seniors – information about the many career opportunities open to them other than those that require a four-year degree from an academic college, including lucrative, cutting-edge fields such as cybersecurity. Noel Campbell, Director of Career and Technical Education, said the fair was intended to “get them information on opportunities they may never have thought about.”

It included the Culinary Tech Center, the Westchester Barbering Academy, Empress Emergency Medical Services and unions representing carpenters, brick layers and heat-and-frost insulators. Colleges represented included Adelphi University, Monroe College, Johnson and Wales and several campuses of the State University of New York. Also represented were the New York State Department of Labor, the Mount Vernon Career Center and the Community Support Network, which assists students with disabilities.

Dr. Bennett-Conroy