A career fair brings together employers and students at Tecumseh High School

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Tecumseh — At one of the stations held on Wednesday during Tecumseh High SchoolAt the Career Exploration Fair, students can get a hands-on look at a potential career in plumbing and heating.

Representatives from Adrian Mechanical Services set up power tools so students could cut PVC pipe and piece pieces of copper pipe together. Andy Carver of Adrian Mechanical said they are a hands-on company, so they wanted to show the type of work they do.

Andy Carver of Adrian Mechanical Services watches Tecumseh High School student Rhea McGraw cut a piece of pipe during a career exploration fair Wednesday at the school.

Andy Carver of Adrian Mechanical Services watches Tecumseh High School student Rhea McGraw cut a piece of pipe during a career exploration fair Wednesday at the school.

This seemed to resonate with the students.

“When you do hands-on stuff, it can help you save that for later,” freshman Trinity Kyrillos said after meeting with Carver and trying out some of the tools.

Representatives of more than 30 companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and the armed forces lined the main lobby at Tecumseh High School for the Career Exploration Fair. Students were given a list of 11 questions to ask potential employers to find out what jobs they offer, what actors like about their work, and what education is required to do those jobs.

Tecumseh High School sophomores Kaitlyn Bennett and Selena Martinez talk with Spc.  Heather Chacon and Sgt.  Dylan Frazier of the Michigan Army National Guard during a career exploration fair Wednesday at the school.

Tecumseh High School sophomores Kaitlyn Bennett and Selena Martinez talk with Spc. Heather Chacon and Sgt. Dylan Frazier of the Michigan Army National Guard during a career exploration fair Wednesday at the school.

“It helps us know what we care about,” sophomore Selena Martinez said.

“I had no idea some of these jobs existed,” said Laila Morris, a freshman.

Massage therapy and project management were among the students’ new careers. Both Adrian School of Massage and Consumer Energy had representatives at the school on Wednesday.

Patricia Williamson, right, of Consumers Energy talks with Tecumseh High School freshmen Balsam Marooji and Leila Morris about project management during a career exploration fair Wednesday at the school.

Patricia Williamson, right, of Consumers Energy talks with Tecumseh High School freshmen Balsam Marooji and Leila Morris about project management during a career exploration fair Wednesday at the school.

Working in project management at utilities can involve working on a variety of projects, such as building a new substation or installing new software, said Patricia Williamson of Consumers.

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Juniors Hayden Grimes and Tyler London were among the students who stopped by the General Brush booth. Morency’s Cliff Middleton and Raghav Patel set up computers so students could see the software they use to design parts used in the automotive and aerospace industries. They also had examples of parts made by General Brush.

Cliff Middleton of General Brooch in Morenci, left, talks about the careers the company offers as students Tyler London and Hayden Grimes try out the design software the company uses during a career exploration fair Wednesday at the school.

Cliff Middleton of General Brooch in Morenci, left, talks about the careers the company offers as students Tyler London and Hayden Grimes try out the design software the company uses during a career exploration fair Wednesday at the school.

“It’s a really great way to see what we can do with our future,” student Hayden Grimes said.

“It’s a great way to learn about new opportunities, especially if you’re like me and have no idea what you want to do” with your career, said student Tyler London.

– Contact reporter David Panian at dpanian@lenconnect.com or follow him on X, formerly Twitter: @lenawepanian.

This article originally appeared on the Daily Telegram: Tecumseh High School students learn about career possibilities

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