By Carla Branch
Alexandria’s 2012 “Take Our Dauughters and Sons to Work Day” began at City Hall early Thursday morning with messages from Mayor Bill Euille and City Manager Rashad Young. Then, the 30 T. C. Williams High School students and their 25 mentors left for a day of career exploration.
Shi’Keisha Small wants to be an attorney someday. She could not contain her excitement when she learned that she was going to spend the day with Alexandria Circuit Court Judge Jim Clark. Wendy Albert, owner of Tempo Café took four students with her to learn all about running a busy restaurant.
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office had a number of students who were interested in learning about criminal justice careers. They got to spend the day exploring the various jobs within the sheriff’s office. The Alexandria Fire Department also hosted a number of students. They learned about how firefighters and paramedics do their jobs. Students who were interested in careers in social work and psychology spent the day at the Department of Community and Human Services.
The Alexandria Commission On Women hosted the event and matched students with mentors. The Commission could not have managed such a successful event had not Alexandria School Board Member Blanche Maness arranged for a school bus to transport the students from T. C. to City Hall.