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HHS students pick up tricks of the trade in career classes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Lee   
HHS students in the career development class taught by Kristina Ham have been busy spending time out in the community gaining vital hands-on experience and knowledge within their chosen fields.

Taylor Haidle works at New York Life with Sonia Hubbard.

Haidle said helping the community in securing their future financially is very important, so he decided to give it a try.

He said he followed proper office procedures and picked up a bunch of information about investing.

Haidle would like to study journalism emphasizing public relations while at college and then open his own public relations company.

Hubbard said her students learn the very basics in investing and life insurance for protection and accumulation. She also said confidentiality, computer skills, good public relations and attention to details are all things she looks for in her employees.

Brittany Durbin works at Melissa Memorial Hosptial, learning the basic patient care. She said she learned some clinical skills such as vital signs. She also mentioned every day is a new day and she learns new things almost every day.

Durbin plans to obtain her associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing as an RN. Working at the hospital gave her the hands-on experience and knowledge to better understand the career.

Durbin also holds another job for careers class at the Phillips County Jail with Sheriff Rob Urbach.

Duncan Brandt spends time at Highline Electric with Trent Loutensock after thinking of places where he could gain experience in the engineering field. Brandt plans to attend University of Colorado at Boulder and major in engineering.

Brandt does various things including maps on CAD which are simple digital maps of all the substations and the amount of oil in the substation so they could create a spill prevention and clean up plan. He then began updating the live info feed to bitmap from vector as well as updating all of the wall and table book maps.

Loutensock said he likes to see dedicated and honest employees who are willing to learn and who can receive constructive criticism.

Kyle Carper works with Gary Carper at Gary Carper backhoe and farm. He does such things as yard work, cleans the inside of tractors and trucks, equipment maintenance and helps get supplies for backhoe work.

Carper doesn’t know for sure what his future career plans are but is looking at Northwestern, Doane, Hastings and Kearney in hopes of playing basketball and possibly jumping for the track team.

Gary said he feels it is good for the students to experience different jobs to see what they are interested in for a career choice.

HHS students in the class have to go out and apply for a job by submitting resumes and references as well as setting up an actual interview with the employer.

Evaluations are filled out by both the student and the employer toward the end of the experience.