12 Midway High School Career & Technical (CTE) students that are enrolled in the Plant Science and Office Management/Business Administration programs of study were selected to visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory for an up close and hands-on day spent touring the Fabrication Shop, Carpenter and Sign Shop, Roads and Ground and Garage, visiting the Supercomputing Facility and the Central Energy Plant. The students participated in a lunch and learn where they heard from speakers from the Human Resources, Industrial Hygiene and Finance departments. Students were given a behind the scenes tour, and received an abundance of advice and information about what it takes to be successful after graduation. There was a lot of great information given about internships, apprenticeships and suggestions for things to major in for future employment at the lab.
Some of the best advice that was given was that not everyone is meant to pursue a 4-year degree, and that is okay! Vocational training is just as important as those that choose to attend a university. Jimmy Stone, the Director of of the Facilities and Operations Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, left them with this, "Whatever you choose to do in life, do it well. Go find what you want to do and do it with all of your heart!"