Almost 600 Clift Middle School students stormed the school’s gymnasium to visit with representatives from different merchants and people representing different labor skills during the annual Clift Career Day on Thursday.

At the sound of the bell, about 90 students during each of six different school periods strolled through the more than 30 different vendors, trying to soak up as much information as possible about what could turn into future job opportunities for them.

The event, sponsored by the school’s social studies department in partnership with the Clift Parent-Teachers Organization, connected students with different professions.

“Their assignment is to take a career inventory which helped them identify potential careers that suited them based on their interests and subjects they excelled in,” said Clift PTO member Melissa Starnater. “Each student is required to find three representatives to interview in their top fields of interest and write down answers to the questions as part of their assignment.”

Clift social studies teacher Nora Crist praised the event and the vendors who participated.

“I believe this is one of the best career days we’ve seen in years,” she said. “I’ve been teaching at Turner Middle and here at Clift for the past 18 years and Career Day has been held every year since I’ve been here.”

Students asked such questions as “Do you enjoy your work?” “What is the starting salary?” “How long have you been with (the company)?” and “What are the educational requirements?” 

There were several job fields including agricultural and science, arts and communication, engineering and technology, business and management, health and medicine, human and public service and trucking.

Vendors present included Dance Works studio, Waxahachie Gymnastics, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, county elected officials, Dallas and Waxahachie police departments, Navarro Cosmetology, city of Waxahachie represented by Amy Hollywood, Waxahachie Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Citizens National Bank of Texas, ReMax Realtor, SPCA, the Waxahachie Daily Light and various individuals representing architectural and engineering firms.

Clift Middle School principal Ruth Sutton weighed in on the annual event.

“We have great parents, great PTO and a great community – participants took all day to model what we’ve been teaching here at Clift Middle School,” Sutton said. “We give them the education and the community comes and gives the students a glimpse of the workforce. I just want to thank the parents, community and staff – and WISD technology for working to give these students a good glimpse of the job market.”

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