Students had the opportunity to, under supervision, operate heavy machinery during BTECH’s annual Career Days Wednesday and Thursday.

LOGAN — Excited laughter could be heard among happy faces as seventh grade students from all over the State of Utah explored the different career programs at Bridgerland Technical College’s Career Days on Wednesday and Thursday.

Students had the opportunity to try out their luck on the firefighter’s physical challenge during BTECH’s Career Days.

BTECH Executive Vice Present Wendy Carter said the two-day event is an opportunity for seventh grade students to have hands on experiences with a variety of careers.

“We find that when students learn about careers early in their schooling that their career satisfaction and their educational plans are so much better planned out,” Carter said. “This gives them a chance to try things they maybe never thought about.”

Business Technology Instructor Emily Hudson said the event exposes students to as many career options as possible so students get a larger selection of career paths to look into.

“I think it really helps them decide…what career path they might want to take or might want to explore while they’re in high school,” Hudson said.

Students participated in a firefighter physical challenge, experienced a 5 miles per hour accident with the Utah State Troopers among other career-oriented activities.

Associate Vice President for Student Services Renee Milne said exposing each of the students helps them discover they may enjoy something they didn’t think they would.

“To get them exposed to each of the programs, is huge because they may have not known they were good at plasma cutting and welding. They may have not known that they think it would be cool to clean people’s teeth,” Milne said. “They’re getting that exposure while they’re here and it’s a safe space. They’re with their friends, with their schools.”

Students had the opportunity to have hands on experience with different career programs.

Fire and Rescue Services Department Head Bryan Davies said students can have a hard time deciding what to do when they grow up but the event can open the horizon to different career options for students.

“I think it’s just hard in life trying to figure out what you want to do,” Davies said. “I think this just gives a good opportunity to try and see a lot of different things.”

IT and Cyber Security Department Head Trent Stokes said he enjoys showing the students different aspects of what the program offers.

“Show [the students] a lot of the different things that they can do that they don’t even know what’s going on,” Stokes said. “We have network map attacks that we show, they have no idea who’s tracking them on their phone or their computer or anything.”

Carter said she really enjoyed watching the students engaging, learning and enjoying the different activities provided by each program.

Students had the opportunity to have hands on experience with different career programs.

“My favorite part is probably the students’ enthusiasm and their after thoughts,” Carter said. “The excitement of a seventh grader is invigorating for me.”

Davies said students should start working towards their careers by concentrating on grades.

“Keep your options open by getting good grades and not getting in trouble with the police,” Davies said.

Students had the opportunity to try out their luck on the firefighter’s physical challenge during BTECH’s Career Days.

BTECH President Chad Campbell said students should look into anything that interests them and try to get on the pathway towards that career.

“Figure out what you want to do when you grow up as early as possible and get on the pathway to that career as quickly as possible,” Campbell said.

Carter also emphasized the importance of finding something each student is passionate about.

“Find your passion because you work for a really longtime,” Carter said. “Make sure you love doing what you’re doing.”

BTECH Student Success Advisor Charlie Stavely wants students to understand that they may choose the wrong career path at first but with many options, they can try something else.

“There’s a lot more opportunity than you would think out there and you can start a lot earlier and kind of get a feel for it,” Stavely said. “It’s ok to choose the wrong one on the first time but there are so many options that you don’t have to stress too much.”







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