Young Women Learn About Career Options

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LEWISBURG -- More than 140 high school students from central Pennsylvania gathered at Bucknell University in Lewisburg Wednesday to learn how to prepare for a career. Junior Achievement of Central Pennsylvania held its annual Young Women's Future Symposium at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.

It's a day where high school sophomores and juniors from six counties gathered to learn about career guidance.

"Really just trying to help provide them with the tools that they need to be able to figure out what they want to do with their futures and also how they can make that happen," Liz Ackerman said.

One part of the event was career exploration, where the girls are divided into groups based on their career interests. Around 25 mentors met with the girls and discussed their careers, including Newswatch 16's Nikki Krize.

Another mentor was no stranger to the program. Taylor Sprenkle from Mifflinburg Bank and Trust attended the symposium in 2008 when she was a sophomore in high school. Now she came full circle.

"It helped me to know how to do your resume, how to dress, how to act. It's a great organization. And now you can help them! Yes, it definitely is nice," Sprenkle said.

In addition to meeting with their career mentors, the students learned a lot of additional skills to help them with their future careers.

"They're learning about interviewing and dress and resumes," Ackerman said.

The students say they learned a lot.

"It's been good. It's opening my horizons. Because I don't know what I want to be or go to college for yet so it's a learning experience," Cherisse Kulk said.

"I had two things written down on my paper and I think that's what I'm going to go into now. And what were they? Early childhood development and a business owner because I want to own my own daycare," Alyssa Schadle said.

Many of the girls who attended the symposium say they look forward to attending college and landing their dream jobs.

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