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Saturday, 22 March 2014 08:29
Students from Lake, Eastwood and Maumee eighth grades gather during Penta Career Center’s expo held Thursday. Over the two-day event, students from 16 school districts visited the expo. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - On Wednesday and Thursday, about 2,400 area eighth-graders got the opportunity to explore a variety of careers during Penta Career Center's first-ever Career Expo.
Student visitors from 14 area school districts had one hour to explore displays and hands-on activities in career areas such as computers, digital video, automotive, construction, culinary, public safety, medical, agriculture, manufacturing, and business.
Penta students and staff worked the past few weeks to prepare career exploration activities and information for the student visitors to help them begin thinking about their career interests.
"Our hope is that the eighth-graders will explore careers that interest them when they visit us during the expo," said Ronald Matter, superintendent of Penta Career Center. "Statewide there is more emphasis on introducing career exploration activities to younger students and our 8th Grade Career Expo is one way Penta is trying to help."
Some of the activities the eighth-graders were exposed to included 3-D car racing; a welding simulator; culinary demonstrations based on the Food Network show "Chopped"; emergency response vehicles: a television production vehicle from WTVG; the latest automotive models; cosmetology services of curling, foiling and braiding; smartphone applications with GIS; and exploring a student-constructed  "Ames" room that creates an optical illusion.

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