On May 10, Blue Ridge students got the chance to hear from local professionals about opportunities that will be available to them after they are done with school.
Career day was hosted for all grades and featured a variety of industries.
Eria V. Summey, Blue Ridge art teacher, said the day was a great chance for the students to hear about jobs they may not have heard of before. "We are ever so grateful to the professionals from our community for contributing their time and talents to our annual Career Day. This experience is invaluable to our students as we encourage them to look toward what the future can hold," she said.
Colton Mantooth with SEO Martial Arts showed students what it means to be an instructor and demonstrated some of the moves that are taught at his studio.
Tulley Johnson, school board member, attended to talk about working at the post office, and Representative Kasey Carpenter told students what it means to go into politics.
There were many careers displayed that people can find around Dalton. Amy Blankenship from the North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation talked about her job at one of the biggest companies in the area. Melissa Russell represented community fire fighters and Bart Chandler represented the police officers. The National Guard also came and talked about paths to go into the military.
The medical field was also well-represented. Holly Quarles from Hamilton Medical Center, Wendy Sailors with Hamilton EMS and Nurse Justin Glaze showed the various aspects of their jobs. Mikayla Smith also discussed careers in dental hygiene.
DPS employees represented different careers in the school system and backgrounds that can lead to being a teacher. BeLinda Parrish talked about bus drivers, Nathan Greven talked about being a professional chef, and Desmond Phillips discussed careers in basketball.
The students asked a lot of questions and were excited to think about their futures and the many opportunities available to them.