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Graphic designer Karen Burns spoke to sophomores about the pros and cons of working as a professional in this field last week when the Class of 2024 from East Liverpool visited the local campus of Kent State University for Rotary Career Day. (Photo by Liz Lehman)

EAST LIVERPOOL — With Ohio’s COVID cases declining, Rotary Career Day at Kent State University’s East Liverpool branch has returned after a two-year hiatus. East Liverpool High School’s Class of 2024 visited campus last Friday to learn about future career opportunities for professionals working in their field. The event was organized and hosted by the High School, the East Liverpool Rotary Club and the KSU East Liverpool campus.

East Liverpool High School counselor Lori Adkins said Rotary Day is an annual event but has been suspended for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re only getting back to that now” Adkins said. “We planned it two years ago and then actually had to cancel it at the last minute because of the pandemic.”

Adkins said 138 sophomores attended the visit and the students were very excited to be there. Students were able to plan their own sessions to personalize the day by choosing their top four interests. “I created a google form with all the possible sessions and they scheduled their own.” Adkins said. “They have to choose their own and follow what interests them most.”

March is a key month for sophomores, Adkins said, between Friday’s Rotary Day and the upcoming March 25 Crash Day, when students will have an opportunity to learn about the high school’s career tech programs to inform. The goal is to prepare students for their future, Adkins said. “This month we’re getting them to think about what they really want to do for their future and getting them to really care about what they’re looking at.” She said.

Sessions available on Rotary Day included more than 25 career opportunities, including cosmetology, hospitality, graphic design, psychology, accounting, medicine, agriculture, programming, law, firefighting, welding, and social work.

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