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Businesses to discuss career opportunities with Bonds? students

Published on Monday, April 18, 2011

The J. Harley Bonds Career Center’s Career Exploration Day is scheduled April 29 from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at 505 N. Main Street.

Students from the career center will meet with business representatives to discuss career opportunities. Among the businesses participating are automotive dealerships, suppliers and repair shops, hospitals, restaurants, landscaping, engineering, plumbing, electrical and construction companies.

“The businesses like the Career Fair because it gives them an opportunity to meet the students they may be working with in the future,” Scot Thompson, building construction instructor, said. “It also gives the students an opportunity to know what these businesses are looking for to hire and what they need to do to get a job.”

Thompson said the career fair emphasizes the curriculum the Bonds Career Center offers. “We believe the best employees are home grown and that’s what we offer,” Thompson said.

Bonds’ feeder schools are Greer, Riverside, Wade Hampton, Blue Ridge and Eastside.

• The Career Center earned a Palmetto Gold award presented by the state Department of Education. The award is based on Bonds’ absolute growth ratings and the 2010 school report cards.

• Bonds Career students placed first, second and third at the Health Occupations Students of America State Leadership Conference in Charleston. Brooke Lambert and Marie Smith won first place in the Forensics competition, Ashley Varholy won second place in the Personal Care competition, and Brittany Davis won third place in the Dental Terminology competition.

• Kyle Westmoreland, a senior at Blue Ridge High in the Bonds Automotive Technology Program, placed second in the All Star Automotive Technology Competition at Midlands Technical College in Columbia. He received a Snap-On tool set and box worth over $4,500.00 and $1,500 for the Bonds automotive program.

• Two culinary teams earned top awards at the Culinary and Management ProStart Invitational in Myrtle Beach. Tyler Handler, Nick Reed, Nathan Foertch, Maxton Robertsand Dylan Adamson of “Team Purple” won Best Teamwork, and Michelle Land of the “Green Team” management won Best Verbal Presentation. 

• The Culinary students will serve the Leadership Greer members in a sit-down luncheon on April 29 at the Bonds Center.

• 89 of 92 Bonds students earned their career readiness certificate by passing all three portions of the Greenville Workforce Development assessment. More students will be offered the opportunity this spring.

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