(CMR) Thirty-four local employers, educational establishments, government agencies, and community partners showcased their organizations' work during Clifton Hunter High School's (CHHS) Career Fair held in its auditorium last week.
Included in the group were the Department of Education Services (DES), the Public Works Department (PWD), the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA), interactive exhibitors including Health City Cayman Islands and Cayman Enterprise City, and first-time participants, such as the Caribbean Association of Medical Technologists (CASMET).
CHHS Principal Dr. Richard Wildman was pleased with the tremendous support from the business community.
“Company participation this year has been fantastic. We have several new companies on board and companies who were here last year utilizing the same format. Students also had the opportunity to interact with several of these companies, not just at the Fair but through work experience and internships and by businesses coming to the school to make presentations to students on careers,” Dr. Wildman stated.
He also emphasized the high engagement of the approximately 400 Year 9-11 students who attended three separate sessions.
“Student involvement in the career fair has increased significantly this year. Our school, in collaboration with the Civil Service College, is piloting a Leadership Certificate course through the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). To this end, several students are working in venue management, logistics, customer service, hospitality, and other management roles throughout the day as a program requirement,” he explained.
Year 11 student Jhenelle Colquhoon was one of the participating student leaders. She explained how she benefitted from the overall experience.
“I benefitted tremendously from my participation in the Career Fair. As Marketing and Communication Director, I received a lot of insight into the various skill sets needed to lead others effectively. I am also interested in working in the medical field one day and have learned so much more about the field from the numerous hospital representatives that came out today,” she said.