Tuesday, kindergartners got out of the classroom here and into the work field.
High school juniors and seniors at the Greene County Career Center (GCCC) hosted several dozen five and six year olds from Mills Lawn Elementary School in Yellow Springs.
GCCC students take a combination of traditional high school curriculum courses and specialized labs in a professional career field. Tuesday, the students demonstrated some of the most visual, entertaining and hands-on aspects of their fields of study.
Mikayla Masterson, a junior in the GCCC Culinary Arts program, let the kindergartners play with salt and pepper grinders and explained how ingredients and preparation play a role in cooking.
“I hope they think culinary is cool,” Masterson said. “I hope they really learn from this and like cooking.”
Other stations at the small career fair included photography, computer science, law enforcement, diesel technology, carpentry, nursing, electrical engineering and forestry.
“They can carry it on (with them),” Krys Lee, a junior in the forestry program said of the career samples. “When they’re older it’s like, ‘I definitely want to do this’ or ‘I definitely don’t want to do that.'”
GCCC staff said Mills Lawn Elementary approached the school about the event and it was the first time the career center had hosted such a young crowd.
“It was amazing,” said Lee. “They’re just so lively and energetic.”