TCMS students introduced to various professions during Career Day


PRUNTYTOWN—Students at Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) were recently treated to a Career Day to learn about some professions that can help the community locally.

According to TCMS Counselor Jerry Dooley, the goal of the day was to showcase as many local service professions as possible.

“It was such a fantastic day,” exclaimed Dooley. “After not being able to hold the event for two years now, we wanted to go bigger, and it really paid off.”

He reported that he received a great deal of positive feedback from students, staffers and some of the participants.

Among the docket of professions included during the event was Katie Fallon, with the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia; Travis Hays, Environmental Inspector with the WV DEP; Tygart Lake State Park Naturalist Jacob Jackson; Rachelle Beatty from WV Radio and Jason Knight from WVAQ; WVU Extension Agent John Murray; Jason Baltic, Chief Fire Inspector for the WV State Fire Marshal’s Office; Pilot Dan McGuffey; Megan Root with the Federal Bureau of Investigations; SSG Crane from the West Virginia Army National Guard; and Ray Frazer, Assistant Administrator of United Technical Center.

And with a focus on first responders, Dooley secured Grafton City Police Patrolman Misty Nicholas, Grafton Fire Department’s Chief Ryan Roberts and Firefighter Devin Mayle and Taylor County Emergency Squad’s Gavin Watkins to not only speak with the students but to show them their emergency response vehicles.

The students were also treated to a visit by the current West Virginia University Mountaineer, Colson Glover, who not only rallied the students alongside the TCMS Marching Band and Choir, but who spoke with them for about 20-25 minutes, providing inspiration and motivation for their future success.

“It was such a great day. The weather was beautiful, so the students were able to navigate outside during the day, as well a cycle through rooms to learn about each profession,” Dooley shared. “They were also treated to music before and during lunch, provided by the radio DJs. We would like to thank everyone who took part in making the day such a success.”

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