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Warrensburg's Career Day aids in inspiring students to achieve their life goals

WARRENSBURG - Local 11th grader Alyssa Ferraro stood in a Warrensburg High School hallway recently, reflecting on her future plans and how the school's Career Day in November had offered her valuable insights.

"I talked to this guy in the gym from Conifer Park and told him I wanted to be a psychologist and social worker helping people with substance abuse get to the root of their problems," she said. "He was really upbeat and he told me that's exactly what he does, and he gave me advice on what I need to do to achieve my goals." Ferraro said her time spent at the recent Career Day confirmed her future plans, helped clarify what she needs to do educationally to achieve her goals, and provided specific information on steps she needs to take for preparation and certification.

"It was an an inspiring conversation," she said. "He told me I have everything planned out right, and I'm very excited about it."

Last month, Warrensburg High held their annual regional Career Day, which hosted about 1,500 students from 15 schools, circulating among 85 working professionals, talking about their work.

The careers represented ranged from the building trades to health care, engineering to court reporting, steamfitters to forest rangers, banking to occupational therapy, courtroom law practice to environmental engineering.

Ferraro's schoolmate Becky Parker, who is seeking to teach in the elementary level, also talked about how the Career Day offered vital help in plotting out her future. At Career Day, sh discussed her plans with former WCS student Matt Lalone, now employed in the field.

"I learned a lot of good things about the courses I need to take, the colleges I should be considering," she said. "It was very useful."

Career Day has been held for the past 12 years, sponsored by WCS as a gesture toward other schools. This year due to budget restrictions, WCS officials asked schools for a $2 donation per participating student toward expenses, and most schools paid the sum.

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