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It's never to early to educate students about careers

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BROOKS COUNTY, GA (WALB) –A south Georgia school system says it's never too early to show students career opportunities available to them.

Hundreds of elementary and middle school students in Brooks County talked to a wide range of workers in construction, health care, the military and law enforcement about their jobs Tuesday.

These students aren't in the Brooks County Jail but they wore jumpsuits to show what might happen if you don't obey the law.

"Everything in life has consequences and if you do something wrong these are the consequences," said Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Oscar Fernandez.

This is one of the many demonstrations students participated in at a Brooks County career fair.

Others practiced walking a line in the gym wearing drunk goggles to show a sobriety test you may have to take if you're pulled over for driving under the influence.

"Hopefully what they learn in the classroom they'll put into practice when they start driving they won't see the blue lights behind them," said Fernandez.

"You should stay in school and make good grades to where you can get where you want to get in life," said Grace Mills, Brooks County Middle School seventh grader.

Close to 600 elementary and middle school students visited with companies to learn about job requirements and employment opportunities ranging from the construction industry to cosmetology.

"People from the community come in and support our school," said Inez Turner, Brooks County Middle Graduation Coach. "It lets the students know that the community is behind them."

Turner says that career fair's like this show that the subjects they learn in the classroom carry over into the real world.

"I think I have a better perspective on what I want to do when I grow up," said Mills.

"I'm learning a lot things from different places other jobs in the community," said Marquis Cody, Brooks County Middle eighth grader.

The hands on opportunities gave students a chance to see the tools people use in the workforce and what could happen to them if they get on the wrong path in life.

The graduation coach says a lot of students graduate high school and aren't sure what career path to take, that's why it's important for young students to take advantage of career fairs.

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