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‘Future Day’ students plan careers in Eagle-Vail

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Eagle-Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyBattle Mountain High School seniors Allison Lanes, left, and Adam Borne, right, talk with counselor Jan Abbott, center, about life after high school on Future Day held at the school last week.

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” High school students attended Future Day at Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail, COlorado last week, where they learned what they’ll need to be successful after graduation.

“It has really evolved into a valuable educational event, focusing on career exploration, college preparation, 21st Century skills, credit and finance,” said Brian Hester, principal of Battle Mountain High School.

Freshmen and seniors spoke with over 40 vendors at the Career Fair sponsored by the Vail Rotary. Megan Petrash, a senior at Battle Mountain High School, was impressed with the opportunities there are in Eagle County.

“There are more careers in the valley that we didn’t know about,” Petrash said. “The information they left on the table was general but they were there to answer all of our questions and were really energetic about what they picked as a career.”

Petrash has aspirations of working in marketing or public relations for a fashion agency.

Freshmen were able to speak with counselors about college credits, what colleges are looking for and how to prepare for scholarship essays.

“It’s great to speak with our young students and have college conversations at the beginning of their school year when they still have a chance to make a difference in their high school career,” said Jan Abbott, counselor at Battle Mountain High School. “What they are doing right now in school is very important. They need to recognize the bigger picture, so they can plan now in order to succeed in the future.”

Students learning English as a second language visited Colorado Mountain College. Recent high school graduates, who now attend Colorado Mountain College, spoke to the students about their experiences after high school.

The sophomores and juniors were busy taking the Preliminary SAT and the PLAN test.

School district Superintendent Sandra Smyser spoke to freshmen about how the skills they’re learning in high school will help them with 21st century careers.

In the 2007-08 school year, over 80 percent of Eagle County School graduates planned to attend a two- or four-year college.

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