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Students attend the "Next Steps" workshop, part of the 12th annual Sophomore Summit.

NORTH BENNINGTON >> Bennington College hosted on Friday the 12th annual Bennington County Sophomore Career Summit, in which over 200 high school sophomores had the opportunity to meet professionals in their chosen career paths.

The event is organized by a planning committee with representatives from Mount Anthony Union High School, Bennington College, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Community College of Vermont, the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center, Bennington County Regional Commission, and Burr and Burton Academy. Students from MAUHS, BBA, the CDC, Arlington High School, Grace Christian School, and area homeschool students are invited to attend. According to Brooke Remington, chairwoman of the planning committee, 209 students attended the summit this year.

Remington said that the committee had offered fewer workshops this year, 13, down from a high of 17, but said that the workshops were broader and covered more careers within the fields than in previous years. For example she said, where previously they had offered a Cosmetology workshop, this year they offered a Personal Care and Training workshop, which also included professionals who work with yoga, professional training, and more. Other fields covered were Agriculture, Environmental, and Forestry; Arts, Design, Entertainment, and Media; Business, Entrepreneurship, and Finance; Construction and Maintenance; Culinary Arts and Hospitality/Tourism Services; Education and Social Services; Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Healthcare Support; Law and Government; Military and Protective Service; Personal Care and Service; Science and Math; Engineering; and Technology.


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Remington said that the health, arts, and business workshops were the most popular.

Students spent all of the school day at the summit, arriving at 9:00 a.m. and attending their first two workshops until 11:40. They had lunch at the college, and attended a third workshop, which was entitled "The Next Steps" in the afternoon.

In it's first year, the event was held at Williams College, and in the past alternated between Southern Vermont College and Bennington College. For the past six years it has been held on the Bennington College campus. Remington praised Bennington College, saying, "They are always very accomadating, making sure tech people are on hand and working with us to make sure that the classrooms are the right sizes for the workshops."

Remington thanked the town and business community for supporting the event. "It's important for students to have an authentic experience, and get an impression of what's out there in their career paths," she said.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.