PHILIPPI – Philip Barbour High School recently hosted the Future Ready Fair while inviting colleges, trade schools and the US Army to Colts’ Corral to provide students with a variety of future options.
“I would like to take credit for this idea, but it was given to me by our consultant, Kim Burnett, who did all the heavy lifting, and Jennifer Watering from the Center for Family Engagement, a grant initiative from WVDE and the Edventure Group,” Phillip Barbour High School Principal Brandon Anthion said.
“We are considering a second event in the spring for our business friends and senior students closest to graduating and for our younger students to spend some time learning about what the local post-secondary institutions have to offer,” Anton said.
Post-secondary recruiters include Alderson Broadus University, Davis and Elkins College, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Salem International University, Charleston University, Concord University, West Liberty University and the Fred Eberl Technical Center located in Buchanon.
Antion mentioned the set of seminars that included Heart & Hand Dress for Success and Christina Mellinger, who offered free haircuts to any student or parent with a college job or interview.
The Randolph County Home Ownership Center provided financial planning advice. Randolph County Work (Youthbuild) and the ABC Financial Aid Office were also involved.
Employers who attended the show included New Vision, Mace’s Pharmacy, Barbour County Pharmacy, Broadus Hospital, Shop N Save, Huttonsville Correction Center, Leer South Coal, Coastal Drilling and Walmart.
The US Navy also had a table set up in the Commons PB.
Anthion, a seasoned Morgantown native teacher, is familiar with the area’s landscapes.
“If you spend enough time in education, you will start to see your students move into a number of different career paths and realize that we cannot treat education as a one-size-fits-all,” He said.
“Our goal is for every student to be willing and able to receive a college education, but college is not always the path to their chosen career. For this reason, I believe it is important to provide opportunities for exploration in a variety of fields,” Antion said.
Antion has worked in education and sports in Barbor County since 2013. He had a proposal for a new offering at PBHS, a unified high school that brought the Barbor County High Schools, Cason, Billington, and Phillippe together to form PBHS in the early 1960s.
“I’m looking for donations of Letterman sweaters from Casson, Billington and Phillipe High Schools as well as one of Philip Barbour’s early adopters to display at the entrance,” He said.