Career Fair at Piedmont

There are two separate photo galleries, middle school followed by high school.  A complete list of presenters can be found at the bottom.

Why do you love your industry?

On March 14th, 2017, at the Piedmont Community Charter School-CFA Career Fair, students asked 42 people from 28 different fields, why they love their industry.

Jason Hall Executive Chef of Myers Park Country Club shared with students, “I love the culinary arts because every day is different. We work to sharpen our craft day after day. At the end of the day seeing clients that are pleased with our work is very rewarding.”

The representatives brought with them pictures, videos, robots, candy, CPR models, and more.  Jordan Gardiner and Jason Hall brought delicious samples off their menu that they prepared before the students’ eyes.  Piedmont parent and fire fighter, Steve Barone brought two fire fighting suits with equipment.  Students raced to see who could “step into his shoes” the fastest. Detective Jonas Hansen, Crime Scene Analyst for the City of Gastonia Police, took their finger prints and taught students how to analyze them.

Andrew Martin with ESP Associates, an engineering design and consulting firm, said, “As a Piedmont parent, I am especially happy that my children got a chance to see an array of professions that require various levels of training and expertise in a variety of fields. That way they know there are all kinds of jobs out there that they may have never even thought of.”  Mr. Martin brought geographical survey maps. He created these to show the students the best way to lay pipes based on the roll of the land.  After completing the maps, students were left with the head of the school mascot, a Patriot.

EMS paramedic, Craig Blaine, allowed an 8th grader to practice inserting a tracheal tube into a dummy.  Mr. Blaine stated this is difficult to do and the student picked it up fast.  He encouraged the student and invited him to go on a ride in the ambulance.

Piedmont Career Fair coordinator and middle school counselor, Dr. Caswell Martin shared, “I was blown away by the thought and passion that the presenters brought to spotlight their industries. Many of them shared with me, how impressed they were with our students, their interest and questions.”

More people should consider volunteering at Career Fairs to better equip students to make decisions about their future.  Let them know why you love your industry.

Middle School

High School

Name                                Job                        Company

SSG Jordan Stone           Recruiter                United States Army
SSG Allen McKinney        Recruiter                United States Army
SSgt. Tyler Goode            Staff Sgt.                United States Marines
Sgt. Rebecca Ojeda         Marine Corps Rep. Marines
Shane Hempfield              Recruiter                Navy
TSgt. Michael Golubski    Recruiter                 United States Air Force
Robbie Robbins               Educational Liaison National Guard
Kevin Smith                      Recruiter                 National Guard
Melia Mauldin          Sales & Marketing Coordinator Miles-McClellan Construction
Stacy Henderson             Physical Therapist  OrthoCarolina
Andrew Martin                 Civil Engineer ESP Associates, PA
Jason Floder                   Senior Process Engineer ATI Specialty Materials
Tabatha Heitkamp           Branch Manager     Wells Fargo Bank
Olga Esquivel                  Personal Banker     Wells Fargo Bank
Dele Masha, MD              Internal Medicine–Pediatric Physician
Charley Mae Jackson      Human Resources Coordinator Wix/Mann-Hummel Filtration Technology
Scott Carter                     Engineer Wix/Mann-Hummel Filtration Technology
Brent Harrelson               Engineer Wix/Mann-Hummel Filtration Technology
Matt Hudson                   Wix/Mann-Hummel Filtration Technology
Katie Poole                     Account Manager     Cardinal Health
Jo Carter                         ETL Developer          Sonic Automotive
Jordan Gardiner              Sous Chef                Myers Park Country Club
Jason Hall                       Chef                         Myers Park Country Club
Jennifer Glass                 Real Estate Broker   Coldwell Banker MECA Realty
Jonas Hansen                Certified Crime Scene Analyst City of Gastonia Police
Kassidy Flynn                Cosmetologist
Dr. Brandon McCoy      Pastor                        New Hope Baptist Church
Dean Newkirk                Minister of Music      New Hope Baptist Church
Daniel Rushing              Administrative Assistant New Hope Baptist Church
Daniel Tenney                Park Ranger              Crowder’s Mountain State Park
Carol Faust                    Program Specialist   Gaston College Apprenticeship 321
Crystal Davis                 Admissions Gaston College
Timeka Ruffin               CFNC Regional Representative College Foundation of North Carolina
Paula Dean                   Registered Nurse       Piedmont Community Charter School
Angela King RN, MSN   Nursing Recruiter     Gaston College
Paula Black                   Gaston County         Health Department
Lt. Jessica Ross           Paramedic                Gaston Emergency Medical Services
Craig Blaine                 Paramedic                 Gaston Emergency Medical Services
Stephanie Hamlin        Prosecutor                 Gaston County District Attorney’s Office
Megan Rhoden            Prosecutor                Gaston County District Attorney’s Office
Steve Barone               Firefighter                 Charlotte Fire Department
Catrina Love                Recruiter                   Gaston County Police
Cheryl Moore                                                Gaston County Police
Chad Owens                                                 Gaston County Police