Students learn about careers of the future at Girard High fair

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland At Thursday’s Engineering, Technology and Manufacturing Career Fair at Girard High School, ninth-graders, from left, Haeden Gump, Nathan Mitchell and Alex DelGarbino check out an Inventor Cloud 3-D printer made at Applied Systems Technology in Youngstown.

GIRARD –The job you have when you graduate from college may likely be completely different from the one you retire from, said Dr. Martin Abraham, former dean of the STEM College at Youngstown State University.

Abraham, interim provost at YSU, was the keynote speaker Thursday at Girard High School’s Engineering, Technology and Manufacturing Career Fair. It was attended by more than 28 businesses, colleges and organizations showcasing careers in the science and technology fields for students in grades seven to 12.

English teacher Judy Barber said the school’s FIRST Robotics Team, the Robocats, sponsored the event, which included showcasing the team’s state-championship robot.

”We plan to hold this fair every other year to encourage students to look into careers in engineering, technology and math, which will be more in demand in the future,” Barber said.

Abraham said the STEM College at YSU has worked with Girard High on programs and activities with robotics and manufacturing. STEM stands for “science, technology, engineering, math.”

”What makes us unique at the STEM College is we have been able to have scientists and engineers collaborating together. Although they may approach things in different ways, we have a lot of great minds thinking together,” he said.

He said there will be many opportunities for careers in the STEM fields.

Abraham said technology always has and will continue to change. He said phones used to have to be dialed and now there are cellphones and other communication devices.

”Twenty years from now, the technology will be different,” Abraham said, noting that products made in the future will be what is wanted and needed by consumers.

”You are the future to create the new technology that we will need. You will need to create the products and services that will exist,” he told the students.

Joseph Jeswald, a retired Girard administrator, explained to students about applied systems and technology transfer such as the use of 3-D printers.

Michael Yonosik, 13, and Danny Jones, 13, both seventh-graders, were looking over the items as well as equipment displayed by Bob Bachinger, executive vice president of Compco Industries in Columbiana.

”I wanted to see the different career opportunities,” Yonosik said.

The day’s events also included a bridge-building contest and paper airplane contest.