Written by Kate Harner
Willimantic, CT -- Social work majors at Eastern Connecticut State University collaborated with several local businesses and organizations to organize two career fairs in April. The first, the "Hop to Success" career fair on April 8, took place at Natchaug Elementary School in Willimantic. Megan Berube, a junior from Columbia; Namgyal Gyalnor, a senior from Greenwich; Delia Welge, a senior from Ledyard; and Wajiha Yasmeen, a senior from Mansfield Center, participated.
The goal of the career fair was to educate, motivate and inspire elementary school students to explore future career options and the importance of education.
"The participation and cooperation from the organizations and professionals attending the fair, as well as the local businesses that provided donations, made this career fair a big success for the third- and fourth-graders at Natchaug," said Berube.
Participating organizations and professionals included Gloria Corluso, a biology professor at Eastern; the Brio Academy of Cosmetology; the Willimantic Police K-9 Unit; Villari's Martial Arts; Eastern's Information Technology and Health Services departments; the United States Navy; the Willimantic Fire Department; and the Department of Environmental Protection, among others.
On April 15, students from Eastern's social work program hosted the seventh annual "Endless PAW-sibilities" Career Day for the third- and fourth-grade classes at North Windham School. The day was organized by the Eastern students in hopes of increasing awareness of different career paths that students can take after high school. Eleven professional presenters come from across the state to talk about what they do for a living, including animal scientists, members of the North Windham Fire Department, Willimantic police and K-9 officers, a butcher and baker from Big Y, three departments from Windham Hospital, Computer Tamers, Brio Academy, Beacon Pharmacy and an independent filmmaker.