Crossett High School hosted its annual career fair for students Feb. 27. The event is organized by the CHS Career and Technical Education department. Students attended five separate sessions of their choosing from approximately 45 options.
The fair has been an annual event for the past three years, and CHS has been able to bring in multiple job alternatives ranging from doctors to welding institutions. This year, CHS added many more business and industry partners to the career fair selection.
Armed Forces and college recruiters, lawyers, first responders, pro athletes, engineers, insurance agents and local business owners were just a few of the careers that were presented to students in order to provide an overview of the student’s job options after high school. Many of the guests brought material for the students to take with them and a few brought door prizes.
Many students said they enjoyed the interaction that some of the visitors provided, such as the UAM-CTM road grader simulator where they were able to “drive” a road grader. Oak Tree Animal Hospital staff was accompanied by Maverick their resident St. Bernard. AirEvac landed a helicopter on the football field and students were able to get a look inside the chopper.
The fair’s keynote speaker was Razorback basketball legend Sidney Moncrief.
As an NCAA basketball player from 1975 to 1979, Moncrief led the Razorbacks to the 1978 Final Four and a win in the NCAA Consolation Game versus No. 6 Notre Dame. He was a five-time NBA All-Star and won the first two NBA Defensive player of the Year awards in 1983 and 1984.
All CHS students and faculty listened to Moncrief’s address in the CHS basketball arena. He told Crossett students about how he grew up in Little Rock, and how he had accomplished his goals. He said that if students work hard, and “dream big,” they can accomplish anything. He also facilitated a panel discussion about career planning and soft skills with participation form many students and business and industry partners.
“I appreciate CHS for putting this together,” CHS 11th grader Rachel Junior said. “By the time I am a senior, I will have been able to go to multiple different speakers and thoroughly explore my options which will give me an idea of future jobs I may be interested in.”