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Students Learn About Careers in Science Submitted: 10/24/2012
RHINELANDER - Your kid's job interests may change on a daily basis.

But a new program for middle-schoolers in Rhinelander could steer them in the direction of science for a career.


James Williams Middle School science teacher, Lisa Swaney, hopes to provide the kids with all the options in today's job field to give them an idea of what they might like to do. "I think kids are starting to think about what they want to do after their education. But I know for myself, I always wanted to go into science but I didn't know all the different options out there. So if we can get these kids more familiar with careers, I think it's a great opportunity."

She says 90 percent of high paying careers involve some aspect of science.

Students in grades 7 and 8 will hear from new speakers on different science related careers.

Today's speaker, Area Health and Education Center Consultant Larry Bergum, covered healthcare and the importance of a college degree. "It's never too early to start thinking about a career. If you think about it they start thinking about sports and music at a very young age, so why not get them thinking about a career in healthcare also when they are at a young age."


Students like Samantha Rocha learned a few things during today's talk. "I didn't know that being a pharmacist would make you a lot more money than other things."

Even students like Emily Bauer, whose favorite subject is English, may find something interesting in the programs speakers. "Well I find science really interesting. I really like the hands on things that we do and I like all of the labs that we did last year."

"I kind of wanted to be a doctor before," says Chelsea Newby. "I've always thought that would be kind of cool because you can help people, make them feel better."


If you have a career in science and would like to tell these students about it, contact Lisa Swaney. You can reach her by calling (715)365-9220.




Story By: Ryan Michaels

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