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Youngsters learn about careers

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South Haven youngsters learn about careers
Date posted online: Wednesday, January 02, 2008


Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain chats with some members of the

South Haven Boys & Girls Club before taking part in a career night forum.


SOUTH HAVEN | Finding out the sports allegiances of a panel of adults talking about their careers might not help 9-year-old Jake Santmyre figure out what his future job might be, but the South Haven Elementary School student was curious, nonetheless.

He got his answer - about an even split between rooting for the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts - and learned more when half a dozen adults visited the South Haven Boys & Girls Club for a recent career night.
"We just like to give the kids the opportunity to learn about different careers and the opportunities waiting for them when they get out of school," said Nicole Slack, program director for the South Haven club. "We try to do it twice a year."

Staff members invited 32 members involved with the club's educational programs to attend the forum. About 20 attended.
The panel included Dave Lain, Porter County's sheriff; Todd Slack, an engineer with Turner Construction in Chicago; Ronn and Deanna Thoreson, a lawyer and paralegal with Schererville-based Knight, Hoppe, Kurnik and Knight and Hagberg and LaTulips, respectively; Kathy Bonaventura, director of the Volunteer Center operated by the United Way of Porter County; and Barbara Martin, Portage community coordinator for The Times.
Questions ran the gamut from the types of college classes needed for specific careers to participants' favorite colors.
Like Jake, 9-year-old Heather Holzerbaugh was interested in learning more about the panel's sports favorites.
"I just want to know," she said.
Others, such as 10-year-old Anthony Tyler, had a more serious goal. He was hoping to learn more about the medical field.
"I want to be able to be a doctor," he said.
Prior to the question-and-answer session, the panel of adults shared pizza with the club members. Some of the youngsters joked that they were there just for the pizza, but 10-year-old Brittany Sizemore said the evening offered members a good opportunity.
"You get to listen to different people talk about their job," she said.


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