New event is on a quest to get middle school students thinking about careers
Northside Middle School student Kamari Reed sees herself healing the sick and wounded as a nurse.
Her classmate, Tristen White, imagines studying law and becoming a public defender.
Shawsville middle schooler Camden Sutphin plans to work almost exclusively with animals after veterinary school.
The three ambitious seventh graders were among an estimated 5,000 from across the region to travel to the Salem Civic Center this week for Career Quest. The event is the first of its kind in the area hosted by Virginia Career Works, the statewide workforce development system.
The Blue Ridge, New River-Mount Rogers and Central regions of the Virginia Career Works network organized the two-day event starting Wednesday.
Forty-four businesses representing a wide range of career options ran booths at Career Quest. Students from as far as Alleghany County learned about jobs in manufacturing, agriculture, information technology and other fields in the private and public sectors.
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