MEXICO – Finding a job or preparing for one were major topics discussed by staff at Tuesday’s Region 9 School of Applied Technology board meeting.

For Cheryl Ellis, student services coordinator, that means preparation for the vocational school’s annual Career Awareness Day on March 24.

Sophomores from each of the sending high schools – Dirigo, Mountain Valley and Telstar – are set to attend and learn about careers ranging from the medical field and education to law enforcement and computer technology. Other clusters cover multi-media, marketing and business, the military, metal trades, forestry, automotive, social services and building construction.

Roughly 300 sophomores and Region 9 students are expected to take advantage of the day, which will offer 13 career clusters with expert speakers on each topic.

If students aren’t sure where to start, they can take a few minutes to fill out a career interest quiz.

The session begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 11:15 a.m. Students may sign up for three, 45-minute sessions.

Nancy Allen, director of adult and community education, told board members that the adult education department has held two open houses meant to introduce laid-off workers to job and training opportunities.

She also announced that a certificate in low pressure boiler training is being offered at the site, and that Central Maine Community College is offering a no-cost program in metal fabrication.

The adult education program is also working with the Maine CareerCenter by providing courses aimed at helping people find work or training.

“We’re trying to help people as much as we can,” she said.

To help people who may need academic brush-up, the board approved increasing hours of the adult education teachers.

The adult education program may be reached at 364-2012.

In other matters at Tuesday’s board meeting, director Brenda Gammon said surveillance cameras, both inside and outside the school, have been installed. The board agreed to keep them on 24 hours a day.

The cameras are meant to curtail theft and vandalism.

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