EAST LIVERPOOL — With COVID cases trending down in Ohio, after a two-year hiatus, Rotary Career Day at the Kent State University East Liverpool branch is back. The class of 2024 from East Liverpool High School visited campus last Friday to learn about future career options for professionals working in their field. The event was organized and hosted by the school, the Rotary Club of East Liverpool and the KSU East Liverpool campus.
East Liverpool High School guidance counselor Lori Adkins said Rotary Day is an annual event but has been on hold for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We just got back to it” said Adkins. “We planned it two years ago, then we had to cancel it at the last minute because of the pandemic.”
Adkins said there were 138 sophomores on the tour and the students were very happy to be there. Students were able to schedule their own sessions to personalize the day by choosing their top four interests. “I created a Google form with all the possible sessions and they scheduled theirs”, said Adkins. “They have to choose their own and follow what interests them most.”
March is a big month for sophomores, Adkins said, between Rotary Day on Friday and the upcoming Crash Day on March 25, where students have the chance to learn about high school career technology programs. The goal is to prepare students for their future, Adkins said. “This month, we’re getting them to look at what they really want to do for their future, getting them to really start focusing on whatever they’re envisioning,” she says.
Sessions available on Rotary Day included over 25 career path options including cosmetology, catering, graphic design, psychology, accounting, medicine, agriculture, programming, law, firefighters , welding and social work.