Twenty five members of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce from sixteen businesses met with a like number of students and school administrators at Philip Barbour High School for Career Day, buttressed this year by a panel of experts from seven local industries.
Career Day began with a baked steak dinner planned, cooked, and served by students in Mrs. Shannon’s classes at the Barbour County Vocational School. Students shared tables with their sponsors and, as part of the experience, moved several times to enable meeting with business leaders seated at other tables. The luncheon concluded with a 30-minute panel of local industry leaders answering specific questions from the audience.
Panel members included Marsha Sarver, who represented the school teaching profession, Ryan Curry in banking and finance, Mike Cvechko the insurance industry, Susie Cvechko the health professions, Pat Jones from Delta Cooling Towers in manufacturing, and Joe Kaiser, retailing and food services. Moderator Hunter Mullens spoke on behalf of the legal profession. Special guests included FBLA Adviser Gerald Furby, Philip Barbour Principal Ron Keener, and Tonya Ferguson, Director of the Barbour County Vocational Center.
In response to questions from the audience, panel members addressed the need for work experience, dedication to work, the importance of education, commitment to the job, the reality of starting at the bottom with meager salary, the need to develop personal skills and a good attitude, creating a good professional reputation, the importance of verbal and written communication, and the attractiveness of Barbour County as a great place to work and raise a family. “Barbour County wants you to stay,” said one panel member.
Chamber sponsors included AES Laurel Mountain, Alderson Broaddus University, Allegheny Insurance, the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, Barbour County Development Corporation, BC Bank, Broaddus Hospital, Builders Center, Cvechko Insurance Services, Delta Cooling Towers, Freedom Bank, the Good Samaritan Society, Kaiser’s Coffee, Premier Bank, and Sickler Farm. The event was co-sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America Club to which the luncheon proceedings were donated.