UNION COUNTY — An annual event taught fifth graders from throughout Union County about careers on wheels.
The 5th graders came out to the Union County Fairgrounds on Friday morning for the second annual Careers On Wheels event. Students learned about various careers involving automobiles through presentations and demonstrations.
The following exhibitors volunteered their time to speak with students:
USDA Forest Service, Paradise Home Center, Union Public Safety, Union County Parks and Recreation, Union County Recycle and Public Works, South Carolina DNR, Greer’s Wrecking, Inc., Broad River Electric Cooperative, Pete Ivey Racing, Union County School District Transportation, Union County School District Maintenance, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Lockhart Fire Department, and Union County Emergency Management.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office presented a marked patrol unit, an unmarked investigator unit, a K-9 unit, SRT equipment, and the Mobile Command bus for students to tour and try on equipment. Representatives from the sheriff’s office stated that students seemed to enjoy the event and asked plenty of interesting questions. Although he was unable to attend due to attending court in Spartanburg County, Sheriff David Taylor expressed his support of the event.
“I think it is a great way to give young people an advantage to help them make career choices,” Taylor said.
The idea for the Careers On Wheels event was conceived last year by Lockhart School guidance counselor Jennifer Seeman. Originally, Seeman suggested the idea as an event for Lockhart students, but later collaborated with district career facilitator Wilbur Smith to turn the event into a countywide experience.
Seeman said she was pleased with the turnout of the second annual event.
“The students appeared to enjoy themselves, and they asked many good questions,” Seeman said. “This was an opportunity for them to learn about careers through interacting with someone who actually works that particular job versus reading about it.”
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234.