MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - More than 400 middle school students from across South Mississippi have a better idea of what their future careers might look like. That's because they attended a career fair Tuesday hosted by the Chevron refinery in Jackson County.
They came ready to see, touch, try out, and most importantly learn that good jobs can be had right here in South Mississippi. Paris Gaines is a student.
"I've learned that there are a lot of possibilities, a lot of things to do out here, too," said Paris.
The wide variety of possible jobs opened a lot of young eyes, including those of student Hagan Monohon.
"I think it's really great that you can see the different careers that you can do. That you actually have a chance to look at some career options that you could have," Hagan said.
This is the age where impressions can be made on young minds. Amy Brandenstein is with Chevron.
"We're hoping to plant that seed early for the students to begin thinking about what they might want to do later on in life," Brandenstein explained.
For some students, like Trinity Leary, this chance to peer into a possible future means a lot.
"It's pretty important, because if you're not able to get a feel of what you're doing, then you're not able to tell if you'll like what you'll be doing," said Trinity.
One thing that's very important in today's teaching environment is students like hands-on activities. The teachers who teach them like them just as much.
"The more senses that you use, the more that you retain in education. So, we try and use all of our senses as much as possible and just try and maximize each child's potential," teacher Jerry Thompson said.
That potential is what drives the Chevron employees to take part in this out of classroom experience. Ernie Briones is one of them.
"It's just exciting to watch them light up when they find out, hey, I can do this for a living. So, it's really, really encouraging to see it," said Briones.
This is the seventh year Chevron has hosted the career fair, with the help of dozens of company employees. Today's event was also timely, since this is careers in energy week.