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Expo introduces career possibilities
From left, Hailey Merlo, Robert Bailey and Heather Bodamer listen to a presentation at the design and media production technology booth during the College Day Career Expo organized by Lanier Technical College. - photo by Jennifer Sami

Elizabeth Sundy spent a little extra time at the cosmetology booth during the College Day Career Expo organized Wednesday by Lanier Technical College.

“Cosmetology is definitely grabbing my eye,” said Sundy, a senior at South Forsyth High School.

She was just one of hundreds of students who visited the Forsyth Conference Center hoping to learn more about the technical college’s programs designed to prepare students for real-world careers.

“I pushed it away because I didn’t think I could do it,” she said of her interest in cosmetology. “Talking to them made me realize it was something I really wanted to do.”

The school had representatives on hand to talk about many careers, including the electrical field, various medical programs and design and media production technology.

Most of the booths included hands-on displays and activities. Cosmetology students did hair and nails, while the EMT staff showed off equipment used in their jobs. The media production department brought lighting and digital camera equipment.

Besides Lanier Tech, other schools in attendance at the expo included the University of North Georgia, DeVry University and Reinhardt College.

Representatives from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, U.S. Marine Corps and Army also took part.

Mike Nelson, an electric systems teacher at Lanier Tech, said the event gives students a chance to visit with instructors to get an idea about that department and field of study.

“We’re trying to start them earlier in a path toward work,” he said. “It’s an introduction to look at our different programs and look at what we’re doing.

“We end up with a lot of students from this.”