Milford High career expo set

MILFORD – Love it or hate it, high school has to end – and then what? At Milford High School’s Applied Technology Center, they believe it isn’t enough just to offer career and technical programs; they want to make sure everyone, especially sophomores, are familiar with the programs.

The ATC will host a Career & Technical Education Expo and Open House on Thursday, Feb. 11, for students in the morning and for their parents in the evening. From 8:30-10:30 a.m., booths will be set up on the perimeter of the cafeteria, each showcasing a different program, from accounting to video production.

There will be scavenger hunts and other activities to keep things lively. "Sophomores need to pick classes for their junior year, and we’re hoping the ATC" will be part of their decision process, said Donald Jalbert, the ATC’s director.

While the sophomores are making the rounds in the cafeteria, a fourperson panel will be in the lecture hall talking to juniors and seniors who are in CTE programs about careers, college, money and fitness.

On the panel will be: ? Julia Mazak, Hitchiner Manufacturing’s personnel director, who will go over the steps to employment. ? Michael Burnham, of Nashua Community College, will talk about college readiness. ? Patrick Jones, a personal trainer at Fitlabs (formerly Gold’s Gym) will discuss "life readiness" and taking care of yourself so you’ll be fit for a job. Jones is also a veteran, and he will talk a bit about military options, Jalbert said. ? Heather Leach, of Granite Bank, will offer advice on dealing with money, including credit card use and "taking care of your wallet."

Later, there will be an open house from 6-8 p.m. for parents to meet teachers and business leaders who will offer help in preparing high school students for college and careers. Along with accounting and video production, the ATC offers automotive technology, biotechnology, business management, computer programming, building construction, culinary arts, fire science, graphic arts, marketing, pre-engineering and precision machining.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or