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Local 4-H students take part in Career Camp
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Thursday, 12 September 2013 15:23

9-124hcareertourStudents begin a tour of a shrimp boat at Dominick's Seafood Inc. in Mobile as part of the Elmore and Montgomery County 4-H Career Camp program.

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By BRIAN HODGE

Experiences enocuntered in youth can significantly shape the career path we choose as adults. A group of young adults entering 8th and 9th grades, including some from Millbrook, were recently exposed to a variety of career options through the 4-H Career Camp program. Elmore and Montgomery County 4-H youth enjoyed a four day "Career Camp" tour designed to spur their imaginations about what careers they could begin working on in a few short years.

Students from Millbrook's Kidz Journey program joined their peers for a busy week. On Monday, the group visited the Montgomery County Sheriff's crime lab; WLWI radio station, and Southern Homes and Gardens. Next was a two-day trip to Mobile where students learned about the shrimping industry, sports careers at the Bay Bears stadium, Maritime industry careers, and the Alabama Department of Transportation's Mobile tunnels jobs. On Thursday, it was a trip to Auburn where students visited the University's Fisheries department, Meats lab, and Equine facility.

"There are a wide variety of careers of which many students are unaware" said Katrina Mitchell, Elmore County Extension Coordinator. "The purpose of the week was to enable youth to begin envisioning their future careers and whether that means college or other specific skills training."

The Rural Alabama Initiative (RAI), one of the programs sponsors, provides small grants across Alabama to fund a range of locally defined community projects.

"Leaders in every city and county already have good ideas for improving their community and local economy," states Joe Sumners, Director of ECDI at Auburn University, which administers RAI. "What they often lack are the financial resources to get started. RAI is designed to provide seed money to help support good ideas and projects for development as defined by local leaders."

Sumners believes Elmore County's 4-H Career Camp is a perfect example of a locally designed program with local benefits. It exposes local youth to a wide range of careers in Alabama and informs youth of the skills and education needed to pursue them. Simultaneously, it aids workforce development by focusing the next generation of workers on emerging careers in Alabama.

The program was sponsored by grants from Rural Alabama Initiative and the Gulf Coast Rural Conservation & Development Council along with sponsorships from Alabama Power Company, Elmore County District Judge Maura Culberson, and State Representative Greg Wren.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 17:17
 
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