Middle Schoolers Explore Career Possibilities

March 28, 2014

submitted by Judy King, Alvirne High School, and Brian Miller, Hudson Memorial School

Hudson Memorial School held its annual Career Day on March 20 in partnership with the Wilbur H. Palmer Vocational-Technical Center at Alvirne High School along with several local businesses and organizations.  The event, hosted by HMS, gave 330 eighth-grade students an opportunity to hear from professionals as well as Alvirne students paired in similar programs at the Career and Technical Education (CTE) center.  The professionals took time out of their busy work days to hold mini-workshops for kids to learn about the educational requirements, occupational demands, and lifestyle of their chosen path.

More than 25 Alvirne High School student volunteers presented to the eighth graders.  They shared why they chose to take a Career and Technical Education program and their plans for the future.  Alvirne offers programs in accounting, finance, multimedia/digital communications, marketing, heavy duty mechanics, building trades, veterinary science, forestry, horticulture operations, agriculture production management, pre-engineering, health science, education, culinary arts, and drafting and design.

Organizations volunteering their time were:  Agri Mark, Triangle Credit Union, Granite State Credit Union, Naticook Construction, Great NH Restaurants, AutoDesk, Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects, H.O. Smith/Library Street Teachers, Hillsborough County, UNH Forestry Department, Dartmouth Hitchcock, Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise, Silverline Automotive, Bobcat of NH, Shady Hills Greenhouse and Nursery, New Sky Productions, BAE Systems, WiTricity, Nashua Police Department, Town of Hudson Fire Department, Animal Hospital of Nashua, Studio Mark Emile, Southern NH Medical Center, Countrybrook Farms Nursery and Garden Center, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, Bellwether Community Credit Union, MESH Interactive Agency, and Showcase Performing Arts.