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Juniors can win for college by attending Career Day ’12

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More than 550 Roane County high school juniors annually attend Career Exploration Day, and it’s paid off in more ways than one for select students over the past two years.

“Students can receive more than career information from the Roane County High Schools Career Exploration Day,” said Allen Lutz, The Roane Alliance’s education and workforce specialist. “They can receive a $250 scholarship awarded by Diversified Scientific Services Inc., a subsidiary of Perma-Fix Environmental Services.”

During the 2010 event, Perma-Fix gave $250 scholarships to a student from each of the five Roane County high schools.

“We wanted to encourage and help students to continue their education after high school,” said Kenyon Mee, facility manager for DSSI/Perma-Fix in Kingston. “To have a chance of winning the scholarship, a student at the career day has to visit the Perma-Fix table and complete an entry form. They must indicate on the entry form that they plan to seek postsecondary education by attending college, a technical center or taking workforce training courses.”

Students will learn if they have won a scholarship during their senior year.

“After verifying with school guidance counselors what the students’ postsecondary education plans are, we arrange for the scholarships to be awarded during senior awards ceremonies,” said Mee. “I have had the pleasure of personally presenting the scholarships to students. Perma-Fix is proud to be able to assist our students achieve their education goals after high school.”

The five juniors at the 2010 career fair who received a scholarship upon graduating in 2011 were Tara Clark, Harriman; Victoria Lane, Roane County; Justin Longmire, Midway; Samantha McColl, Oliver Springs; and Sarah Reid, Rockwood.

“We have another five seniors who will receive Perma-Fix Scholarships this year as a result of their participation in last year’s career day,” Mee said. “The names will be announced in May.”

“Companies like Perma-Fix support the career fair because they know how important it is for students to continue their education after high school,” added Lutz. “Our graduating students need additional education and skills necessary for them to be employable and competitive in the global economy. Either a two- or four-year college degree, or vocational training that earns a marketable skill or certification is needed in today's labor market.”

The career fair is possible because of the combined support of The Roane Alliance, Roane County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Roane County Schools, Roane State Community College, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, participating businesses and Innovation Valley Inc., which provides funding for both the career fair and The Alliance’s Education Matters! initiative.