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AHS Holds CTE Career Fair at Hinks Elementary

Members of the Alpena High School Career and Technical Education program visited Hinks Elementary school on Wednesday for a career fair to teach the elementary students about an alternative form of learning.

Some students may not learn through books and reading, so hands on experience through real world jobs could be something they pursue in the future.

“The kids are so excited to see the high school kids,” said Hinks Elementary Principal Jean Kowalski. “They love interacting with them, they love just having them in the room, it makes a big difference to them that they took their time to come here today and spend the day with us here at Hinks.”

Multiple different CTE classes had tables set up for the students to check out, including the FFA, Teaching Academy, woodworking, and marketing.

“A lot of our students don’t know what they want to do when they grow up, and a lot of those students may not choose to go to college, but may want to do certain programs like welding or information systems or auto mechanics,” said Kowalski. “So we’re very excited that our students are getting the chance to explore those things.”

While elementary school may be early for students to start considering their careers, having the opportunity to see that there is a chance for hands on learning gives them more opportunity to create a path for themselves.

“It’s such a good time for them to kind of focus on what they want their learning to look like, so being exposed to something like a job fair where there’s high school students who are actually living that, I think it’s super important for our elementary kids to kind of be immersed in that and figure out what their plans might be in the future,” said Kowalski.

The job fair was held in the Hinks Elementary gym from 9am to 1:30 pm.