1999-11-06 / Columnists

From the Shores of

Beach Channel High School

By Dorothy Fuerst

College Advisor

Fairs have always been organized to interest buyers in whatever it is the fair is selling. College and career fairs are organized for the same purpose, but in the case of the college and career fair, what is being exhibited is your child’s future opportunities and possibilities and means of satisfying a livelihood.

Beach Channel High School’s College and Career Fair, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m., has invited and has received acceptances from 100 colleges, universities, technical schools, community colleges, branches of the armed services and other career opportunities which are hard to categorize but offer a multitude of opportunities, such as the N.Y.C. Fire Department or the U.S. Coast Guard. Every effort has been made to cover all areas of interest. True, there is a somewhat stronger concentration of oceanographic careers in keeping with the concentration of oceanographic courses at Beach Channel High School.

Does a career with the Coast Guard sound attractive to you? The U.S. Coast Guard will explain their training program, course requirements and application procedure. Perhaps a career in an oceanographic lab seems more suitable. Long Island University Southampton campus and the University of Rhode Island both will explain what they have to offer and what they expect of students.

All students are different. Some students are gifted with their hands; a technological career is right for them. Marine Technology? Kingsborough prepares for that career. Aeronautical technology and airplane repair? College of Aeronautics and Dowling College prepare for those careers. Piloting? Farmingdale will teach you how and will be there to explain what they require to attend.

Other, newer careers are there for your youngster to investigate. Are you familiar with laser and fiber optics technology? The representative from Queensborough Community College will explain it to you and your youngster and will also explain their placement program for their graduates with Bell Atlantic, Time-Warner and other metropolitan area companies.

Have you or anyone you know had MRI’s or CAT scans done as part of a diagnostic workup? Medical imaging and radiologic technology will become even more important in the 21 century. New York City Technical College offers a two-year program and degree in this medical specialty.

Do you love music? Would you like to explore different careers involving and using your music interests? Molloy College is offering a Music Therapy major that combines musical and clinical education to prepare students for careers in musical therapy.

Are you more technologically oriented? Five Towns College is offering a degree in sound technology recording for students who love both music and technology. Does your youngster have learning problems? A hands-on school such as Johnson & Wales, which addresses this problem, might be appropriate, or many of the other schools who will be present do the same.

The list could go on and on. The important thing is that you take advantage of this opportunity--invest your time and effort into your child’s future. One other thing—the College and Career Fair is not for juniors and seniors only. Plan ahead. College admissions officers can tell you what courses they are "looking for" (read: require) on the students’ transcripts to gain admission to their programs. Learn as much as you can, as soon as you can.


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