Students hone real-world skills at transition fair

Special to the Exchange

March 28, 2014

LAURINBURG — More than 100 students gained knowledge necessary to pursue post-secondary education or employment at a recent Transition Fair held at St. Andrews University.

Sponsored by Scotland County Schools’ Exceptional Children’s Department, students had the opportunity on March 20 to meet representatives from more than 25 area businesses, colleges and universities. They were given tips on how to fill out applications and conduct themselves during interviews.

“I was very impressed with the quality of the questions that the students asked and their interest in our company,” said Vickie Clark, Human Resource Manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement in Laurinburg. “These young men and women have a strong desire to work and be successful and that’s what we, or any company, first look for in an employee.”

Walmart’s Personnel Manager, Sammie Sweatt, was equally pleased with the turnout and the interest of the students.

“I tried to talk to each student and encourage them and let them know that our current CEO started out with our company as a teenager as a stocker and now he runs the company,” he said. “I believe each and every student is capable of great things.”

Cicely Covington, Transition Program Specialist at Scotland High School and Shaw Academy, coordinated the event.

“We wanted the students to talk with the college representatives and employers and find out what their expectations are,” Covington said. “We believe that this type of event is an invaluable experience for our students in preparation for the workforce or college.”