News: Spreading the word: Marines, students talk 21st Century job skills
Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — Five Marines with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing units visited H.J. MacDonald Middle School to support the school’s “Future Skills for the 21st Century,” program in New Bern, N.C., April 20.
“We are trying to build our students for success in the future,” said Valerie Nasser, a school counselor at H.J. MacDonald. “We have started teaching our students about different job criteria the future will likely hold, and we have had colleges and community business owners come out to talk to our students. We then thought of the Marines, whose children attend the school, and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate branch of service to come speak to our students about the military opportunities.”
The Marines spoke about their jobs in the Marine Corps and the benefits a Marine career could provide for the students’ futures with more than 20 students from the school.
“The Marines were our first choice to come out because a lot of our students have parents in the Marine Corps,” said Nasser. “We have been trying to teach them all about the different technology used in different jobs and the Marines hit on that topic a lot.”
According to Donna Bagley, the school liaison officer for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, this event presented the students with optional career paths that will benefit them in the 21st century.
“This event also gives the Marines a chance to showcase their pride in their jobs and the Corps itself,” said Bagley.
For the Marines, sharing experiences with the students was rewarding.
“I think this event was a great chance for us Marines to give back to the community,” said Cpl. Nicholas R. Garcia, an embarkation chief with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274. “It also gives these kids a chance to hear about the different occupations available to them in the military. A lot of these children are military dependents and might be considering enlisting in the military, and this opens their eyes to more job opportunities for their future.”