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Area businesses help middle school students make vehicle/career ‘connection’

A small representation of the 17 companies participating in the Career Connections Program at Johnson County Middle School on Friday evening.
A small representation of the 17 companies participating in the Career Connections Program at Johnson County Middle School on Friday evening.

By Paula Walter

This past Thursday evening was the kick off of the Career Connections Program for the students attending Johnson County Middle School.  Seventeen companies joined in as the Career Connection Family Night that focused on a variety of jobs associated with vehicles of all kinds.
After getting the okay from Johnson County Middle School Principal Edna Miller, Dr. Brenda Eggers, who teaches technology at the middle school, was off and running to bring different employment options and information to middle school students.
“We want to expose them to all kinds of careers,” Eggers stated.  According to Eggers, the focus on vehicles was in the hope that it would appeal to students in this particular age range.  “The support was tremendous,” Eggers said. “It impressed upon me what a great community we live in.”  Parents, students, former students and business owners stepped forward to make the event a success.
Students attending the event had the opportunity to earn Longhorn Bucks, a program that encourages students to go above and beyond in everyday life.  It might be helping another student, showing kindness or assisting someone who is struggling.  The possibilities are endless.  This event had the potential to earn 25 Longhorn Bucks, and these could be traded in lunch with a friend in the conference room, maybe tickets to a ball game, or even a homework pass.
The students’ goal was to ask each faculty member three questions at each different location.  There were backhoes, dump trucks, vending trucks, automobiles and even information on how to finance an automobile.
The following businesses were a huge part of the success of the evening.  These include: Aldridge Construction, Big Donkey Trading Company, Damascus Motor Sales, Danny Herman Trucking
Freeman Gas, Humphrey Masonry, Jason’s Auto, Johnson County Hwy, Johnson County Schools,
Maymead, PME Engines, S&J Auto Sales, Snyder Logging, David South Racing sponsored by Promoter Engines, Mooresville North Carolina, Town of Mountain City and Tri State Growers.
According to Eggers, the next event will be Tuesday, September 27, 2016 and will focus on community services.