Students learn about 'what's next'

Stephen Barkley, left, and Trey Robinson take part in an activity focused on avoiding and resolving conflict. The activity was one of many the students could take part in during EHS's Transition Expo held at ESCC.

Enterprise High School students learned about ways to prepare for the next step in their lives during the school's second Community Transition Expo held at Enterprise State Community College on Friday, Feb. 2.

Students attended sessions that focused on dealing with conflict, financial health and other skills.

Melva Tate, CEO and Human Capital Strategist of Tate & Associates, also spoke to students about their "what's next?"

"The students were just amazing," she said. "They came in; they were rowdy and ready to learn and really excited about the day.

"I spoke to them about their 'what's next,' so what's next for them beyond where they are right now."

She said that for some of the students, the next step is moving up a grade in school. For other students, they could be preparing to move on to college or joining the work force.

"The things we focused on in the 'what's next' conversation were really things they can control, like their attitude, the choices that they make and even the people that they're around," she said. "Those things, regardless of what type of skills, talents or trade they may learn, those things may be applicable for every step and stage of their life.

"We talked about things that are going to make them successful in every step of their life and, importantly, in their career wherever they choose to work from here."

Christopher Phillips, a ninth grader at EHS, said the different seminars helped students learn about college application processes, job interviews and more.

"It's like a career expo where we get to come here and learn what we're going to do out of high school, going into college and being on our own," he said. "(I wanted to learn) about joining colleges and learn about myself and how to do what I want to do."

During lunch, students had the opportunity to meet with local community leaders and business owners to ask questions about jobs and serving others.

Eugene Goolsby, owner of Goolsby Plumbing and Electric, said he thought the expo was a great way for students to start thinking about their futures.

"I think it's important for the students to get an idea of what other people do for a living and get people's thoughts on their futures and what they want to do," he said.

"We just came in to talk to them and tell them what we do."

He said he appreciated EHS for its efforts to expose students to important skills necessary for their future.

"As a business owner, I appreciate what the school's doing for these kids so that they can think about their future and look into what type of business or what kind of career they'd like to have," he said.

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