Career Day inspires MVMS students

28 occupations represented
By Fran Gonzalez | May 07, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez EMT Jon Dowdy and Lauren Carter of Unity Ambulance Service give students a taste of riding in an ambulance May 2 at Mount View Middle School Career Day.

Mount View Middle School students got their hands dirty, learning and trying out different professions at their annual Career Day May 2.

The event featured 28 careers from businesses all over Maine, covering everything from EMT/Ambulance with the Unity Ambulance service to K-9 training with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.

Other groups presenting included agriculture with Johnny's Selected Seed, cosmetology with Aveda Institute, truck driving with Keep Right Driving School and horse careers with Pleasant View Stables, to name a few. Presenters included 10 Mount View alumni who returned to share their career experience.

Organized by Vicki Kupferman, volunteer and internship coordinator, and Kyle Story, middle school Jobs for Maine Graduates teacher, Career Day is a popular event at the school.

"The feedback from the students has been very positive," Kupferman said. "They were very enthusiastic and engaged."

Story added, "It's great to see the children in the hallways bragging about how much fun they had with their presenters."

Students do not need to have their whole lives figured out in middle school, Story said, but it is important that they get exposure to the variety of options available to them.

"One of the biggest things I hope students take away from Career Day is that no matter what their interests are, there will be something perfect for them when they go into the working world," Story said.

New this year is the mobile Maine Crime Lab with Mount View alumnus Sgt. Scott Bryant. The huge laboratory on wheels is only 2 months old, Bryant said, and there are four smaller units statewide.

Here, students were able to extract fingerprints by spraying the surface with a chemical that "attaches to the amino acids that reside on skin," making them visible, according to MVMS science teacher Kelly Desrosiers.

Bowdoin Head Coach Adrienne Shibles, an alumni presenter, was selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference "Coach of the Year."

She told students that while you don't make a lot of money when first starting out, the potential is there as you grow and that she absolutely loves her job.

Veterinarian Yvette Lahaye, another alumni presenter, and veterinary technician Jamie Cole told students that in Maine, there are only two colleges that offer technician degree programs: University of Maine at Bangor and York County Community College.

To that end, she said, there are very few schools in New England that offer veterinary science degrees, and because of this, students need to factor in expenses for room and board when thinking about college.

Lahaye said that, after graduating from Mount View, she earned a graphic arts degree, but then changed her mind and went back to school in Tennessee.

"A lot of the job is talking with pet owners," she said, so having good communication skills is essential. She recommended students interested in this field keep their grades up, volunteer and try job-shadowing to get a feel for the occupation.

Lahaye said she enjoys the variety in her job and that every day is interesting.

According to Kupferman, MVMS started offering a Career Day many years ago, in the old building every other year. She said there were a few years it did not happen; "then we brought it back in 2011."

"With the support of the District's GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) funding," she said, "we were able to expand it to every year since 2015."

Story said, "None of this would be possible without our Career Day organizer, Vicki Kupferman. She starts planning this event at the beginning of the school year to make it as successful as possible, and it shows.

"Although many schools have career days," he said, "Vicki goes above and beyond to make Mount View Middle School's one of a kind."

Tyler Curtis of the Unity Fire Department shows students how hot spots are extinguished using a portable water backpack May 2, at MVMS Career Day. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Inside the mobile Maine Crime Lab May 2, MVMS seventh-grader Ethan Bryant shows fingerprints that have become visible with the aid of a chemical spray. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Veterinarian Yvette Lahaye, right, with veterinarian technician Jamie Cole, shows students different objects they have surgically removed from pets, including a large bladder stone removed from a 30-pound dog. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Frankie, Waldo County Sheriff's K-9 tracker, and Detective Sgt. Merl Reed at the MVMS career day May 2.
Bowdoin College basketball Coach Adrienne Shibles, a Mount View alumna, says if a student is interested in science but loves sports, "an athletic trainer is the way to go." (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Members of the Unity Fire Department demonstrate proper ladder climbing technique May 2 at MVMS Career Day. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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