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Marysville School District holds Military Career Day


Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Marysville-Pilchuck High School student Jaden Picard, right, puts on a diving mask with help from Navy Diver First Class Eric Lehman at the Marysville School District's Military Career Day on May 10.

Army, Navy and other military options were available at the Marysville School District's Military Career Day on May 10.

Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville Getchell High School and other high schools came out to see what post-graduation opportunities were available from the nation's military.

This is the first time the school has run an event just for military career options.

"This year we wanted to concentrate with career and tech on a couple more areas, and one of them was definitely the military," said David Carpenter, a college and career readiness counselor with the district.

"We were able to get all the branches of the military here today," he said.

The U.S. Army brought in helicopter simulators and VR programs for local students to have some activities at the career day.

The day was part of a broader group of events to introduce kids to career opportunities.

A couple of weeks ago the district ran an event for skilled trades and they recently took kids up to Skagit County to see apprenticeship programs.

"Tomorrow we're talking about 40 girls to Seattle to show them a 'women in trades' program," said Carpenter.

"The more exposure the better. We want to get them in front of the opportunities," he said.

The military event was to show kids the kind of career options available in the military.

"It's a great way to show new opportunities and expose kids to certain careers they maybe never even envisioned," said Carpenter.

Carpenter said there are a number of options that students may not realize.

"I don't believe they all realize how many career opportunities there are in every branch of the military," he said.

"The kids were asking about the careers, and that's exactly what we wanted to accomplish," he said.

Jaden Picard, a student at M-PHS, said it was a good thing to do after school.

"It's pretty amazing and I think it's cool that they're trying to get kids to join the Army," he said.

Carpenter thinks the students took away a lot of information about some of their post-graduation options.

"It was good. The kids got a lot out of it. They were exploring and asking some good questions," he said.

The district has never done a career fair just focused on the military before, but Carpenter thinks it is likely they will run one again next year.


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