Chief Shikellamy students learn about Valley careers

Mar. 16—SUNBURY — Chief Shikellamy Elementary students have a tough choice of careers ahead of them after school Counselor Danielle Finn brought 11 presenters to speak with more than 600 students Friday.

Finn hosted the first Chief Shikellamy Career Day held at the school where students got to hear from various Valley professionals, including, members of Service Electric, Geisinger Medical Center, Chris Reis State Farm, Karpinski Trucking and Produce Inc. and state Rep. Mike Stender.

Stender said he had a blast speaking with the students about what he does as a state representative and was happy to see students hearing from careers that are available in the Valley.

Stender spoke to the students and told them the best part of his job is he gets to help people.

"It's always nice to speak with the students," he said.

Students Erick Mardrid, and Rassiel Moreno said they were enjoying the day and learning about the different jobs.

"It's nice to see what people do," Moreno said. "I am having a good day listening to the speakers and learning."

Mardrid agreed.

"I like hearing from everyone," he said. "It's a fun day."

"As a school counselor, I've always been passionate about helping students identify their personal strengths and interests," Finn said. "It is always exciting to me when students connect those strengths and interests to potential careers."

Finn said it's never too early to expose students to the world of work and identify the "why" behind learning various subject areas in school, making smart and safe choices, self-exploration, goal-setting and staying focused and determined.

"With students already hearing these messages at school, at home, and in the community, it was time to bring in professionals from the area to really reinforce why those areas are so unbelievably important," Finn said. "We are so thankful for the volunteers who took time out of their day to share their careers with our students and for providing a hands-on experience that our students will carry with them throughout life."

Tara Dwyer, a registered nurse at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, summed up the day by saying she was having fun talking with the students.

"It's great to show them what we do and make the jobs come to life," she said. "It's awesome to be here and speak with the students."