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Energizing the next generation of workers with Career Day

Comstock Park — Comstock Park middle and high school students will have a chance to put their online career exploration activities to use by meeting with area businesses during this year’s planned Career Day. 

Mill Creek Middle School’s Career Day takes place from 8–11 a.m. on March 24 and Comstock Park High School’s event is from noon to 2:40 p.m. on April 12. This will be the second year of Career Day at the high school and the first year at the middle school. 

The purpose of Career Day is to expose students to a range of careers and give them the opportunity to learn from individuals currently employed in the community. Exhibitors provide information and showcase career options with photos, artifacts and hands-on activities. Students are tasked to bring interview questions for three careers of their choice. 

High school Principal Tony Petkus said about 25 businesses are expected to participate. This year organizations such as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are also being recruited to participate. 

Juniors Tyler Brzozowski and Benny Butler work through career exploration questions on Naviance

Jenny Lashuay, owner of BattleGR, participated in Career Day last year and plans to be back this year. BattleGR, based in Comstock Park, is a family entertainment center offering laser tag, digital or gamified axe throwing and archery tag for parties and events.

“I think (students) liked to learn about something that isn’t the normal type of career,” Lashuay said of her experience last year. “We even had some apply for jobs.”

Prior to the event, students will have completed career exploration activities through the online program Naviance. With Naviance they can identify strengths and interests, explore careers, learn about salaries and college options, create goals and determine future career paths.

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Karen Gentry
Karen Gentry
Karen Gentry covers Comstock Park. She moved to the Grand Rapids area in the mid-1980s and has been a resident of Comstock Park since 2002. She understands the complexity, rewards and challenges of the teaching profession as she has five years of experience as a high school teacher at River Valley High School in Three Oaks, Mich. and St. Stephen High School in Saginaw. As a reporter for the Advance Newspapers and Mlive she covered Sparta, Kent City and Northview schools. She is happy to be a part of the great team of journalists at School News Network and writing about Comstock Park Public Schools. She is a graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic High School in St Joseph, Michigan and Central Michigan University. Read Karen's full bio


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