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Van-Far A+ holds annual Career Fair for students

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 9:53 am

Lori Swank, left, and Mary Petersen talked to students in the Health Care Career Path.

Lori Swank, left, and Mary Petersen talked to students in the Health Care Career Path.

All Van-Far Junior High and Senior High School students received presentations from speakers among several workplace disciplines during the Van-Far A+ Career Fair held on Friday, November 13.
This year’s featured speakers encompassed a variety of career paths.
• Natural Resources & Agriculture: Nature Path: Aaron Beshears, United States Department of Agriculture, hydrologic technician; Eddie Purk, Sydenstricker’s John Deere Implement Dealership; Mary Sobba, University of Missouri Extension Service, Ag Business.
• Human Services: Helping Path: Dakota Buie, Ozark Community College, Fire and Rescue; Phil Davis, Missouri Department of Transportation, Traffic System Supervisor; WERDCC Lt. Nancy Pagett and WERDCC Lt. Robin Terrell
• Industrial and Engineering Technology: Building and Fixing Path: Eric Gore, CSI Designs in Springfield, Mo., business development; Kim Trainor, engineer for Missouri Department of Transportation
• Health Services: Health Path: Dr. Carl Abbott, Precision Eye Care, optometrist; Mary Petersen, Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Emergency Room Registered Nurse; Kim Shaw, Hannibal Regional Medical Group, FNP-BC; Lori Swank, Van-Far Ambulance District, paramedic
• Arts and Communication: Creative Path: Will McKee, The Liddle Sports Shop in Blue Springs, Mo., graphic design and artist/sales specialist; Ron Schott, The Vandalia Leader, journalist/newspaper editor, also talking about television and radio industries; Tonika Starks, Divine Events by Tonika in Columbia, Mo., event planner
• Business, Management, and Technology: Business Path: Debbie Barnes, Missouri Cancer Associates, Columbia, Mo., business manager; Brian Ingram, Northeast Community Action Corporation, IT; Kimber Nation, CNS Corporation, registered representative; Donna Wilson, Central Bank of Audrain County, vice-president
There was also a College/Tech/Military Fair open for two hours in the gym. Upperclassmen from both Community R-VI and Mark Twain High Schools were invited to that portion of the Fair.
The event was held under the direction of Van-Far A+ Coordinator Joy Davis.