Broadview Staff and Faculty Share Life Experiences at Local Charter School

Published on April 29, 2014 by arothstein

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Dan Swanson answers questions at SAA career fair

Recently professionals in the Davis County area were invited to participate in a career fair for grades seven through nine at Syracuse Arts Academy (SAA). Volunteers were asked to prepare a 15-20 minute presentation about their career and any kind of special training or education that was needed for that career. Broadview employees were excited to share their knowledge and experiences with community youth.

Broadview Massage Program Chair Kelley Sloan organized the Broadview volunteers.

“The goal, or directive, for this career fair was to expose students to diversity in the workplace and introduce them to the myriad of applications their primary and secondary education may have,” said Kelley. Broadview employees presented a variety of career options to these young students. Medical assistant, paralegal, IT, human resources, massage therapy, business and veterinary technician were all represented.

“I encouraged the students of SAA to start taking advantage of the opportunities around them, and I attempted to share knowledge that I had discovered along [my] way, in hopes of making their progression towards “artist” a little smoother” said Derick Rogers, a Broadview admissions representative and trained actor.

Derick Rodgers, Jen Hatch, Kelley Sloan and Nikki McCutcheon present at fair

Broadview Career Services Director Rachel Baxter felt that it was important for students who attended the career fair to understand that jobs are not always what you think they may be.

One student that attended the fair said, “Thanks for telling us about the good and bad of a job. It is important to know that not every job is perfect.” It is important for future professionals to understand the hardships as well as the perks of any career.

Terra VanGerven, Broadview’s medical assistant program chair, challenged students to learn more about medical equipment used in the field. After learning about scalpels, blood pressure cuffs and other tools, one student responded by saying, “your lesson has inspired me to look more into the medical field.”

Another student said, “One of the things that I learned was that massage can improve performances and relieve stress. I think it is cool that massage therapists work at different places and can be the boss of their own business.”

Broadview teachers volunteer time at career fair

Melanie Cook, Rachel Baxter, Scott Hill and Terra VanGerven present

“I appreciate how you showed them the relevance of what they learn in school,” said an SAA teacher. As educators, Broadview employees understand the importance of gaining knowledge and experience in order to succeed in life. They share the breadth of their experience with their students every day. It was great to share that same knowledge with youth in our community.

Kelley Sloan said, “I hope the event exposed students to enough information about the link between education and workplace experiences, that they are able to draw conclusions regarding their academic efforts and their commitment to acts of academic self-discipline. A student should never wonder if their education was worth it. They should KNOW their education is worth it…all the effort, all of the lectures, all of the exams, all of the failures, and all of the successes.”

Broadview University has a “We Care” initiative that encourages employees to go out and participate in community events like the SAA career fair. According to the Broadview website, “The simple motto ‘We Care’ forms a consistent thread through service learning projects, campus community service activities, and our service to students.”

Broadview campus librarian, Lori Draper, said, “We loved helping the students gain an understanding of how education can make their lives better. It was a great experience.”


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