Students at Proviso East High School learned more about different careers that they could have at the school’s sixth annual VOTECH Fair on March 14 in the Proviso East field house.
Forty colleges, trade groups, and military recruiters presented information about what they can provide to students at the fair. Opportunities ranging from beauty school and trade school to apprenticeships and the military were represented.
Mr. Mark Ondracek, a Proviso East guidance counselor who helped to organize the fair, said that the event was open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, with the focus on specialty colleges.
"There are a wide variety of opportunities," he said. "We want students to explore options that may not require a four-year college degree."
A wide variety of educational and career opportunities were represented. There were trade schools such as Advanced School of Dental Assisting, the Bell Mar Beauty College and Ditrolio Flexographic Institute, with several of the beauty schools providing new hairdos for interested students. Trade organizations such as Cement Masons Local #502 and the Illinois Manufacturing Foundation and companies such as TransAmerica Corporation also presented information with colleges including Triton College and Robert Morris University. The military also was represented by the Illinois Army National Guard and Illinois Air National Guard.
Social service agencies such as PLCCA also were on hand. Mr. Timothy Arrington of PLCCA said much of his focus was on talking to students about the various programs his organization offers such as the after-school and summer programs.
"We talk a lot about college endeavors," Mr. Arrington said. "We try to give them a challenge to talk about their goals."
For Kiara Watson, a Proviso East junior, the fair was a chance to explore how to break into the entertainment industry.
"I like to sing and dance," she said. "I really want to do that."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal of Proviso East High School, said that he appreciated having the VOTECH Fair at the school.
"It is important for a student to know what jobs are available for them to pursue after high school," he said. "We need to expose them to every opportunity that is out there so they can choose what they plan to do."