Approximately 40 presenters, college representatives, and military recruiters participated in the Fourth Annual Van-Far A+ Career Fair this past Friday at Van-Far High School.
Presenters made presentations in the following career paths: Business Management and Technology; Natural Resources/Agriculture; Human Services; Industrial and Engineering Technology; Health Services; and Arts and Communication.
Scheduled presenters in the Health Services were: Van-Far Special Education Director Jody Horner; Van-Far Speech Pathologist Lisa Wise; Jennifer Williams (nurse); dental hygienists/representatives of Dr. Craig Long’s dentist office Tara Lewis, Christy Lowrance, and Lisa Otis; and Beth Straube (works in neonatal intensive care at University of Missouri hospital).
For the Industrial and Engineering Technology path, those presenting were: Brandon Straube, owner of B&B Electric in Vandalia; Bob Giltner, owner of Vandalia Auto Sales; MoDOT Engineer Kim Trainor; USAF Scott Moss, who works in mechanics and maintenance; and Krystal Shaw and Lorne Poindexter from the Callaway Nuclear Generating Station.
In Human Services, presenters were: Shane Stone, a former Highway Patrol detective and current Hannibal LaGrange professor; Elaine Brookshier and Alan Thomas, co-workers at WERDCC dealing with social services issues; law clerk Jolene Dixon along with Judge Jimmie Edwards; three representatives from the Missouri State Highway Patrol; and a representative from the Missouri Department of Social Services.
For the Natural Resources Agriculture ca-reer path, those making presentations included: Eddie Purk of Sydenstricker who talked about careers with John Deere; land conservation agent Mark McCulloch; Adam and Julie Gatson, Jordan Epperson, and Allen Wright covered careers in agriculture; and both John Mack Ellis and Gary Noel, local NRCS soil conservationists.
In the Business, Management, and Technology career path, presenters were: Heather Demint and Jean Trower, both of United Credit Union; Frank Wallace of Shelter Insurance; Adam Trower of Community State Bank; Felicity Goodpasture Culwell presented on business management, seed business, and Arbonne; and City Administrator Alan Winders.
The Arts and Communication career path included presentations from: fashion designers Ashley Neimeyer and Morgan Epperson; The Vandalia Leader’s General Manager/Editor Ron Schott; Tyler Galloway, a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute; and Angela Carlyle of Angela’s Dance Company.
The colleges and technical schools represented were Westminster College at Fulton, Mo.; Ranken Technical College in St. Louis; Moberly Area Community College; Hannibal LaGrange University and Hannibal LaGrange Nursing Program; Columbia College; Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville; William Woods University at Fulton; University of Missouri—Columbia, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Linn Technical College; Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo.; St. Louis Community College; Pike Lincoln Tech School at Eolia; Hart Career Center and Hart Career Center Cosmetology Program at Mexico; Advance Beauty College at Hannibal; and the Advanced Technology Center in Mexico.
The military recruiters are from the Missouri Army National Guard, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, and US Marine Corps. A representative from the Job Corps was also be present.