Two days packed with dynamic presentations and thoughtful questions best describe Summit Academy’s Career/College Readiness event held last month. Summit Academy students in grades 6 to 12 participated in the virtual event to learn about various vocations, employment programs and colleges.

Event moderator Renee Opalich, Regional Director of Special Education for Summit Academy, says the Career/College Event’s sessions were well attended by students with engaging questions.

“In some cases, entire classes participated and the students came up to the camera individually with specific questions,” Opalich describes. “I believe the career fair provides an excellent opportunity for our students (and staff) to gain firsthand knowledge about a variety of careers that they may not otherwise have the chance to learn about in this manner.”

Summit Academy – Lorain Behavior Specialist Kimberly Wanosky describes the November 11-12 virtual event as an amazing experience for all her school’s students.

“We had students participate as a whole class, as well as in small groups, based on their interests.  Holding the career fair virtually allowed for us to collaborate across the state and network together in order to expose students to many careers that on our own, may not have had connections to,” explains Wanosky, who served as a  moderator for the event. “Students were very excited about the different opportunities and were quick to sign up for the different sessions.”

Wanosky adds that students expressed interest in even more career presentations at future career/college events.

“It was a lot of fun. The projects the film person was involved in were really interesting and you could see that he was on set.  It was cool to learn about different careers,” says Summit Academy – Lorain 7th grader Kayden Lapash.

Scott Behner, a 9th grader at Summit Academy – Lorain, adds, “It was pretty to cool to hear about what they do and how they do it.  I liked the real estate agent and what he does.  Overall it was really nice that we were able to do it.”

Session moderator Khadine Kelly describes the event as an overwhelming success, embraced by both students and teachers.

“The students felt comfortable to ask questions and the teachers took it as an opportunity to engage in further transitional activities with their students,” says Kelly, Community Resource Coordinator for Summit Academy Community School – Cincinnati. “The students appreciated the various presenters and expressed a desire to learn and attend similar activities.”

Presenters discussed their careers in fields such as movie production, animation, law, graphic design, writing and reporting and real estate. Other guests provided insight on programs including Job Corps, U.S. military service, Esports  and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. Representatives from Bowling Green State University and Columbus State Community Colleges were also on hand to talk about college life at their respective institutions.

This was the second year in a row Summit Academy has hosted the Career/ College Readiness event for students.