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Local high school students gain insight into future careers

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Local high school students gain insight into future careers
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MARATHON, N.Y. -- Most high school students struggle with choosing a career path. On Friday, that's exactly why students at Marathon High School are participating in "Get Thinking!".

The program is a way for students to have their questions answered, and dig deep into a profession they may be interested in. About 40 local professionals will meet with the 365 students from grades 7 through 12.

There is a wide range of occupations lined up for the students, and they are each broken down by category. The Makers include agriculture, construction, biology, maths, and sciences. The Shakers include government, education, and business. The Protectors include law agencies, firefighters, medical professional, and human services.

Program coordinators say its a great opportunity aimed to help students early on.

"Growing up in a small community, some of the students don't have the access to different professions, all the different professions that are out in the world. So our goal is to expose them and just build awareness of all the different types of jobs and industries that are available to them," said Denise Castellot, the director of Get Thinking!

After the group lectures, students will also get some one on one time with the professionals, and make connections for future internships or shadowing opportunities.

The district hopes to continue the event every year, and encourage local professionals to get involved.

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