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Trumbull youth test vocations

Middle school students attend TCTC camp

Staff photos / R. Michael Semple Makenzie Ott, 13, an eighth-grade student at Howland, right, is taught Tuesday by Alexandria Hoff, 17, a senior at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center and Mathews High School, how to administer an injection — using an orange — during an Animal Science and Health Technology class at the TCTC Exploration Camp.

CHAMPION — Out of school for the summer, local junior high school students are getting the chance to explore careers through a four-day program being offered this summer at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center.

Morgan Cretella, TCTC’s community engagement coordinator, said mostly seventh- to ninth-graders get to attend the 20 pathway sessions organized by theme during Career Camp.

“We want to expose students to different areas of interest and give them the opportunity to learn about the field. This will make them aware of different career paths available and what is involved in those fields. Some students come one day and others, all four days,” she said.

“It was important for us to structure our camp in a way that provided students with many options and the flexibility to explore multiple different career fields. The earlier and more frequent we can expose students to various career opportunities, the more likely they will make decisions after high school that best suit them and lead to professional success,” Rachel Gensburg, TCTC career development coordinator, said.

TCTC staff are leading the programs. For example, in auto services, students learn about oil changes and tire rotation; Air Force shows students how to fly drones; animal science students learn to tie bandages and perform first aid on animals; exercise science exhibits agility and balance in an obstacle course; while in the dental program students learn about taking X-rays and impressions.

Abigail Lewis, 14, a freshman at Howland schools, said she attended two years ago and wanted to come back this summer and see different programs.

“I wanted to see what exercise science and babysitting basics were like so I attended those,” she said.

Tiffany Fonagy, instructor exercise science / sports medicine, said often the students who attend the summer programs see what the programs are about and then attend the career center in their junior and senior years.

“They get an interest early and then can decide if the program is what they may want to be in for a future career field. I can see there is some interest from some of the students.”

Gabrielle Doran, 11, sixth grade, and her sister, Gianna Doran, 9, fourth grade, both of Girard, were in the dental assisting program learning how to take X-rays and make teeth impression molds.

“I wanted to see what this was like because I might want to be in the dental field when I am older,” Gabrielle said.

“I loved learning to take X-rays, which was fun,” Gianna said.

Cathy Billock, instructor of animal science, said students learned to inject an orange, put on bandages and suture a banana to illustrate how to do animal injury care, as well as learning CPR.

Paris Gentis, a ninth- grader from Howland, said she would like to be in the medical field so she signed up for different programs related to the field.

“Even if I don’t do anything with animals, I at least learned skills related to medical field,” she said.

Howland students Grace Kukkonen, seventh grade, and Madelynn Snyder, eighth grade, said they liked learning how to suture an injury and looking over X-rays.

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