Fourth graders learn about career pathways during fair


Fourth graders from elementary schools in Battle Ground received an opportunity to learn more about potential pathways they could pursue when they get older during a career fair at Battle Ground High School on Tuesday, May 30.

The students visited tables focused on their top three career interests. To cap off the event, students selected an industry table they were most interested in and took a deeper dive into that particular pathway and corresponding high school programs.

Participants at the fair included the CASEE Center, the audio and visual program at the high school, Clark County Fire District 3 and the Battle Ground Police Department.

“Fourth grade is the perfect age to really encapsulate the exploration,” Deborah Wood, a counselor at Glenwood Heights Primary School, said. “It’s really about exploring their interest with their careers and then pairing it with career technical education (and) what they could take in high school.”

The students took part in various activities at the tables, which included an opportunity to break through a door as a firefighter, make worm in the dirt treats with the CASEE Center and a chance to play in front of a green screen.

At the table for Fire District 3, the fourth graders had the opportunity to act as a dispatcher through hands-on learning. The students sat in front of a white board with questions and a radio, while a staff member relayed information.

“Basically, we have them act as the dispatcher and we’ll simulate an emergency. Have them take the call and ask the appropriate information. What’s your emergency? What’s your name? What’s your phone number,” Chris Drone, with Fire District 3, said. “We want quality folks in that position, so exposing them this early to that profession, I think it’s going to be a value for us.”