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Preparing for a big step in life

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Preparing for a big step in life
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Every child has big dreams for what they want to be some day. But when reality hits in high school, a lot of kids just don't know. YNN's Katie Husband introduces us to a program that is helping clear up some of that confusion for teens who are about to embark a life changing decision.

CORNING, N.Y. -- Students from both Corning-Painted Post East and West high schools look like they're just sitting in a room, but they're actually preparing for a big step in life: A career.

"We're not having them come up with a plan or apply to colleges yet, but it's just a talking point. It's like, do you remember the career day that you were at, you know, and if they don't know the career, maybe they know the types of things that they know they would be good at," said Jennifer Page, Career Development Council, career education resource specialist.

The Sophomore Career Day at Corning Community College allowed students to pick three of 25 career topics to learn about.

"Some of them may think they wanted to do a certain profession, but now that they've heard a little bit more maybe they have narrowed that down to something that they don't want to do, because that's important too, so you're saving time and money in the whole process of colleges," said Page.

But that wasn't the case for Charlotte Rogus. Rogus sat in the Veterinary Science presentation because that's what she has wanted to do her whole life.

"I learned about different types of veterinarians, there are small animal vets and large animal vets and all vets for different animals and stuff, so it was really interesting," said Charlotte Rogus, Corning-Painted Post East High School sophomore.

The students walking through these hallways say they got a lot out of the presentations with vital information to help them prepare for the next step.

"They teach you a lot more, so you're a lot more prepared with what you might be doing, so it helps you to actually be ready, I guess," said Rogus.

"It just gives you like a better input on how like you're going to like do things when you get out of high school and what you should be prepared for and everything," said Alli Gerow, Corning-Painted Post West High School sophomore.

Whether these students walked out knowing what they wanted to do in life or not, it at least opened their eyes to different options.

This was the first time both schools were merged for this event.

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