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Barbour County High School Students Prepare For Their Future Careers

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The Future Business Leaders of America at Philip Barbour High School teamed up with the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce for the chamber's annual career day Thursday. Students attending the event spoke with professionals from around the county to get advice on how to start a career. The chamber and its members said it's never too soon to get started.

"It's also great to be able to give that advice to high school students because I think that gives them a leg up on the competition when they get to college and they can search for internships and summer jobs and things like that," said Teresa VanAlsburg, director of Alderson-Broaddus College's Office of Career Services, who presented to the students at the event.

Philip Barbour student Trey Furby was one of the students at the event, and he said teachers at the high school provide ample opportunity for their students to get that all important experience.

"The teachers try to tell you about different ways that the lessons you're learning can be applied to actual jobs and actual life positions," Furby said.

About 20 members of the chamber came out to support the event. Broaddus Hospital CEO Jeff Powelson was on hand. He said the hospital has also seen the benefits of working with high school students who get an early start on their career.

"We also have students come to the hospital and shadow in various departments, lab, x-ray. Physical therapy, rehab, and then as they become college students, a lot of them come back and shadow in the emergency room as physician's assistants or eventually as medical students," Powelson said.