Cardinal Mooney hosts career day

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Cardinal Mooney High School invited more than 60 professionals to speak at their Career Exploration Day on Nov. 16. The school set up a series of panels for students to attend, such as the Information Technology panel pictured. The guests are, from left, Dean Cicoretti, Director of Technology at Compco Industries, Brian Hughes, Senior Project Manager at MS Consultants, and Vince Gratteri, Associate Director of High School Relations at Pittsburgh Technical College,

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Neighbors | Submitted.Former YSU Police Chief Jack Gocala (Mooney Class '66) closed out Mooney's annual Career Exploration Day. The school's career day included many former alumni and gave the students a chance to interact with the alumni.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Cardinal Mooney High School students atteneded six stations for their Career Exploration Day on Nov. 16. During the day, the students got to choose a smaller meeting to attend. These guests included professionals in TV news, interior design, fashion, event planning, physical therapy, cosmetology, graphic design and physics.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Cardinal Mooney's Career Exploration Day ended with a law enforcement panel. Pictured, Junior Alexis Saunders tried out Boardman Police Officer John Gocala's (Mooney Class '98) gear.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Cardinal Mooney High School's Alumni Relations Committee coordinated the event with help from the school's guidance office. The groups brought in a variety of fields to the school. Pictured are, from left, Ashley Martof of the Youngstown Business Incubator, YSU's Network Administrator Hasheen Wilson and Patrick Bollinger, a Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Engineer at Delphi Automotive.

by ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Cardinal Mooney High School dedicated a day to the junior students for career exploration on Nov. 16.

The school invited nearly 60 professionals to speak to their students. The event had six different sessions and a keynote speech from YSU President Jim Tressel.

“It’s a wonderful day for students to see a broad range of possibilities in which their lives can unfold,“ said Mark Oles, President of Cardinal Mooney. “I want to thank all the people who put time in their day to impact the youth of the valley.“ He also thought the event had a nice breadth of different fields.

The Alumni Relations Committee invited the professionals to the school. They organized the day with the guidance office. Kim Simons-Cox, chair of the Alumni Relations Committee, said she wanted to expose the students to a various amount of professional fields. She wanted students to explore the possibilities with an open mind.

The school looked to present the students with a range of panels. These panels included medical and science, education and public service, business and marketing, information technology and engineering and law enforcement.

They also had a group of miscellaneous guests. The students chose who they would be most interested in talking to and the school did their best to comply with the students’ choices. This group included professionals in TV news, interior design, fashion, event planning, physical therapy, cosmetology, graphic design and physics.

Teresa Yarger, assistant principal at Cardinal Mooney, said the event “gives the alumni and students a chance to connect“ and lets the students see what is involved in each of the different careers.

Many of the guests at the event graduated from Cardinal Mooney, such as Dean Cicoretti, who is currently working as the director of technology at Compco Industries. Simons-Cox, also an alumni, expressed her love for the school and the opportunities the school gives to the students.

The school has had a Career Exploration Day every year for more than 20 years, though the date fluctuates every year.

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