West Mifflin Area students get job, career advice at Prosperity Fair
By Eric Slagle
Published: Friday, April 12, 2013, 3:51 a.m.
Finding a job or career opportunity can be a challenge at any age, let alone when one is in high school.
Students at West Mifflin Area High School got a lesson from professionals on how to do so on Thursday when members of the Mon Yough Chamber of Commerce visited the school for its second annual Prosperity Fair.
The two-stage event featured a students-only career seminar in the afternoon, followed by a public session in the evening showcasing area businesses.
Banks, a bike shop and martial arts studios were among the presenters.
Charles M. Bennett of First Commonwealth Bank appreciated having the opportunity to talk with graduating students about what they'll do with the rest of their lives.
“I think they were very receptive,” said Bennett, who spoke with a group of about 50 students earlier in the afternoon. “They're nervous about what to expect when they get out of school.”
Bennett said he and other business owners answered questions about how to dress for a job interview and keys to professional presentation. Bennett said he told students that they should surround themselves with positive people when they get to college.
Ray Schon, a State Farm agent and vice president of the chamber, told students to find a career path that involves doing something they love to do and to find a mentor.
Businesses used the evening event as an opportunity to connect with the public and other businesses.
Third-degree black belt martial arts instructor Dane Jenkins represented John Beluschak's American Judo-Hapkido Institute based in Clairton. He said martial arts has much to offer young and old alike.
“Kids aren't confident enough these days,” Jenkins said.
He told his audience that a regular regimen of martial arts training could help build confidence that leads to greater success in school, and contributes to general good health and helps fight obesity.
There were many health service providers at the fair.
Stephen A. Vargo III of White Oak Dental Associates LLC said it was good seeing communities come together to support local businesses.
There were plenty of free samples to go around.
Stu BBQ Inc. owner Stu Wilson, for example, had a tray of his four barbecue sauces out for tasting.
“We just wanted to let people know our product is there,” said Wilson, who lives in McKeesport.
Paul Ruhl saw the fair as an opportunity to connect with people interested in participating in the Relay for Life of McKeesport on Aug. 10, which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Again this year, the Air Force Jr. ROTC program at the high school was involved with promoting and setting up for the fair.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Lincoln Way work finally set to begin
- Family, McKeesport community grieves for girl, 14, killed by truck
- Clairton Seuss Cafe just what doctor ordered for love of reading
- McKeesport-area officials on lookout for landslides
- Elizabeth Township officials open door for drilling, seismic testing
- British native marks 103rd birthday in Elizabeth Township
- McKeesport declares state of emergency
- Plea date set for 7 charged in Mon-Yough gambling ring
- West Elizabeth mayor tenders resignation
- AIU forum bashes governor’s education budget
- West Mifflin park, Ryan Hacke Memorial Playground to benefit from ‘Heart’ program