|Williams Justice Court Magistrate Rob Krombeen talks about his job with a Williams high school student at the April 10 career expo. Ryan Williams/WGCN|
|Gallery: Williams High School Career Expo April 10, 2013|
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Williams High School students explored different occupations at a Career Expo April 10 in the gymnasium.
About five students in the school's business three class organized the event, and about 30 businesses and colleges attended.
While this was the third Career Expo, it was the first time students organized it. In the past, the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce organized the event.
The students worked for months to plan the Career Expo, said business teacher Jeanne Gillespie.
"They've been working in class every day," she said. "They make the phone calls, they did the emails, they did the posters, they contacted everybody, they did the arrangement."
The class started by researching different businesses in the area.
"We tried as hard as we could to get the Williams-based businesses to come," said junior Zachary Tamburello.
Senior Oscar Nunez said the class also had to budget for buying items like tables and tablecloths. An Arizona Parents Commission grant helped pay for the event.
"I've learned that all these plans, like all these events that take place, I always thought they were so simple to organize, but not no more," Nunez said. "It's time consuming."
Tamburello said about a month and a half ago, it was "crunch time."
"You go into class and you just go, 'we gotta buckle down, there's no messing around today, we've got to get stuff done,'" he said.
The students did some things differently from years past, such as organizing the businesses in career clusters of related fields and putting together a questionnaire for students to complete to be entered into a drawing.
Tamburello said he was happy with the turnout and thought the students liked the event.
"Overall what I've really learned from this is really don't put something off for a while," he said. "Even though we did work on this for as long as we did, and as hard as we did, it turned out as a success."
Guidance counselor Denise Heiss, who helped with the event, said the students seemed confident and proud of the Career Expo.
"They chose to get dressed up today, I think it's so great. They've really taken ownership," she said. "I think they had some frustrations, but they never gave up. Having the idea, making a plan, step by step, those big projects are amazing what they can learn."