Good Jobs

More than 30 professionals talked to students at Jefferson Middle School about occupations right here in the community.

On Friday, career day was held at the school, with professionals talking about jobs such as police officer, lawyer, biologist, dance instructor, acupuncturist and pharmacist to name just a few of the occupations discussed. Clint Apthorpe, Jefferson Middle School teacher, said 36 professionals were at the school detailing what they do for a living.

”This is a nice cross section of people. The students can get a deep perspective into what they can do locally. All of these people work right here in their community,” he said. ”These are people from their streets, their neighborhoods.”

Apthorpe said the school used to do a career day every year, but took a hiatus from it the last couple. He said Paul Baker, Tom Langworthy, Bill Miley and himself brought career day back. Apthorpe said he hopes to continue it annually. He said they had no trouble finding people willing to visit the school to discuss their livelihoods.

”It was kind of surprising how many people were willing to come here for the day,” he said. ”At one point, we had too many.”

Larry Bentzoni, Jamestown High School teacher, spoke to students about being a small engine repair teacher. He said he has been teaching for 27 years. He brought his 1976 Harley-Davidson he restored to discuss his passion for working on motorcycles and small engines. He said the bike was a basket case when he started to restore it 35 years ago.

”I’ve been riding it ever since,” he said.

He told the students about a new program starting at the high school next year that will explore different careers over a 10-week period. He told the students find something you love to do as a career and you’ll never work a day in your life. He said when he was younger and in school, his studies were not his favorite activity. He said he spent more time in the principal’s office than in the classroom. However, he discovered his passion for small engine repair, which he gets to do while teaching.

”Now I love going to school,” he said.