Craig Durand, TTI’s President, was invited to CHHS Career Day to discuss careers in the environmental field. TTI was honored to participate in this special event and very impressed by the students’ interest and enthusiasm. We look forward to contributing again at future events.
A message from Dr. Joseph Meloche, Superintendent of Cherry Hill Schools
Career Awareness Helps Foster Student Success
Our best educational resources about the working world – the people in it – are bringing their knowledge and experience into our schools. In the Cherry Hill Public Schools, our mission is to prepare our students to be knowledgeable, responsible, caring, and confident citizens in an ever changing world. This includes helping them learn about different careers and what it takes to get there.
On Thursday, June 2, I was thrilled to visit Cherry Hill High School West’s inaugural Career Day, pictured above, in which each West student chose to attend three of 85 presentations by a wide variety of professionals – many of whom were West graduates. Professions in medicine, technology, government, broadcasting, law enforcement, fitness, education – the list goes on – were represented. The presenters remarked time and again about the high level of engagement and interest from the students. At the end of the morning, our guests were treated to a brunch prepared by students in West’s cooking class – a professional-level presentation that won great praise from the attendees as well.
This was the second career-centered event of the year in the Cherry Hill Schools, as Carusi Middle School hosted a career expo earlier in the school year. While it may seem that middle schoolers are young to be considering career options, increasing students’ knowledge about career opportunities is a good thing at any age. Curiosity and excitement about the larger world foster a love of learning. And a love of learning is something all of us would benefit from carrying into and through adulthood. I look forward to seeing career-centered events expand to our other schools. I also encourage you to talk with your children about your own careers and those of family members, friends and other adults in the community. Many of us assume our children know what we do for a living, but may be surprised that they know little beyond our job titles. Our children soak up positive messages about the adult world – be sure to share plenty of your own!