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Middle School Students Learn About Various Careers

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Sgt. James Johnson explaining Metro Police Department's use of helicopters Sgt. James Johnson explaining Metro Police Department's use of helicopters
Janetha Holley speaking with Apollo Middle School students Janetha Holley speaking with Apollo Middle School students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Middle school is perhaps the hardest few years to get through for students who are no longer elementary school age, but not quite high school students.

But on Wednesday at one local middle school, the students were treated like the adults they will one day be.

The gymnasium of Apollo Middle School was converted into career central.

The students filed in and immediately saw the display for U.S. Bank where there is a cash giveaway.

"I'm hoping that some people will be interested in maybe working at a bank one day especially if they love math," said Janetha Holley of US Bank.

After one student told her that she thought working at a bank would be fun because you can help people, Holley agreed that working was fun.

"I've been with the bank for a long time, and I've got to travel for free because I work for the bank," Holley said.

"For free?" asked the student.

"For free," Holley replied.

Edwin Watkins also attracted a good-sized crowd.

"We hire biologists and geologists and scientists. We have about as many scientists as we do engineers. It's a good career," said Watkins of AMEC.

‘It's important even to reach out to middle school kids to get them thinking about that as a career," he said.

"I learned that about what they do. I learned that they hire archeologists and you need to be good at science and math to do it," said a student.

Metro Police Sgt. James Johnson explained how the department uses helicopters as a crime-fighting tool. The department has six helicopters. He flies all of them.

 He talked to students outside beside one aircraft.

Johnson and all of the other recruiters are hoping to put a bug in the ear of these students.

"It has a lot of variety. Tells you what's going on in the world. I mean, from my old school, we never did anything like this, so I think this is pretty exciting," said one student.

What also captivated the students was Rico, a Metro police dog.

"I think they get at least the thought process of what do I want to be when I grow up. I think it's important to tap into what they love and let them know that there's a career," said one professional during the career fair.

More than 20 companies and organizations participated in the career fair.

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