Career & Technical competition draws high school students to KPC

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Some 75 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) students, 15 advisors and 15 community volunteers, judges and speakers, converged upon Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) recently for the District wide Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO, competition and conference.

The annual event offers competition in vocational skill events such as extemporaneous speaking, job interviewing, welding, keyboarding, and culinary arts. The day also offered round table discussions with career people from major and local industries like BP and R&K Industrial. Robert Peterkin, of R&K Industrial, was the keynote speaker. The purpose of the event, according to Ben Eveland, KPBSD Vocational coordinator, is to expose students to career fields while testing and sharpening professional skills.

Future Farmers of America (FFA) member Chase McKinney of Homer said, "It's incredible, the other day I had to go for a job interview, and the skills I've learned here really helped me let my employer know that I had the skills he was looking for." Walt Ward a senior at KCHS, after competing in the extemporaneous speech event said, "I love this, I think it's very important, any body that can speak has power over those who can't, and this is a great chance to learn what to do and what not to do in laid back setting."

Cameron Poindexter, another FFA member who competed has his own hydroponics strawberry growing business in Anchor Point, "I like having my own business, and it's a way I can stay on the Kenai Peninsula. My Dad was an FFA advisor for the state of Alaska and he pushed me and pushed me and convinced me to join the FFA and I'm glad I did because it's a great organization," said Poindexter.

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