Students participating in Career Awareness Day tour the Electronic Media Department at the Southern Campus.

Students participating in Career Awareness Day tour the Electronic Media Department at the Southern Campus.

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Seventh-grade students explore careers at Southern Campus


IRONTON, Ohio – Approaching Ohio University Southern Thursday morning, one could see numerous school buses, ambulances and fire trucks. There wasn’t an emergency, but instead the Southern Campus hosted hundreds of Lawrence County, Ohio, middle schoolers for Career Awareness Day, which included emergency management careers, veterinary science, education and more. 

The annual event, sponsored by the Lawrence County Educational Service Center (LCESC), gave more than 450 seventh-graders from across the county a chance to learn from area experts and ask questions about various professions. 

Becky Bowling, curriculum supervisor at the LCESC, said that these types of opportunities are important to inspire students and encourage them to start looking toward their future early in their academic careers. “We want kids to get started focusing on careers before high school,” Bowling said. “Our theme this year was 'Let the Journey Begin.’ We want them thinking about a career path early, so that when they start taking College Credit Plus courses, they can take classes that are on the correct path to help them achieve their dreams."

The LCESC provides leadership and services to meet the individual and collective needs of the five local school districts (Dawson-Bryant, Fairland, Rock Hill, South Point and Symmes Valley) and to provide requested service to the Chesapeake Exempted Village District, Ironton City District and Collins Career Center. Educational excellence is the organization’s prime goal as it actively works to facilitate the effort of its local districts, to exceed minimum standards and to develop exemplary programs for the more than 10,000 students in Lawrence County.

To learn more about the LCESC, visit lawrencecountyesc.com. To learn more about Ohio University Southern degree programs, visit www.ohio.edu/southern.