Hiram College students networked and learned about education-related career opportunities at Education Graduate School Night on Jan. 21, 2015.
Twelve outside speakers joined nearly 60 Hiram students who attended the event, to talk about work experiences, graduate school and job opportunities. Several Hiram alumni were among the guest speakers, including:
- Katie Corr ‘04: Education specialist at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
- Rachelle (Kovacic) Craine ’14: Second grade teacher at James A. Garfield Elementary School
- Hajnal (Tabor) Eppley ’04: Assistant director of school and teacher engagement at the Cleveland Museum of Art
- Alyssa Lobaugh ‘14: Hall director at Baldwin Wallace University, pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration at Kent State University
- Paul Milcetich, Ph.D. ’00: Principal of East Woods Elementary School in Hudson
- Katrina Misinay ‘12: Pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at John Carroll University
- Monika Tabor ‘06: Math remediation specialist at St. Charles Borromeo School and gifted and talented enrichment teacher at St. Bridget of Kildare Elementary School, both in Parma
- Kelsey Tarase ‘12: Education and visitor services at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Hiram students learned about career and graduate school opportunities in teaching, counseling, higher education administration, educational administration and master’s degrees in content areas. They also learned about the reading endorsement and 4-5 endorsement.
“Many of the students who attended hadn’t considered graduate school as an option before the event, but because they were able to see that so many opportunities are available in education-related fields, they are now thinking about possibilities beyond their undergraduate degree, which is exciting,” said Education Instructor Kelly Lewis.
Jenna Nelson ’16, early childhood education major, said the event opened her eyes to new possibilities.
“Meeting people that can give insight into what our futures could be like, especially outside of classroom teaching, was great!” she said.
In the end, the evening was both a place for students to learn about future careers and educational opportunities, and to strengthen relationships with strong educators and community leaders.
“We are lucky to have many committed alumni and friends of the Education Department,” said Roxanne Sorrick, associate professor of education and department chair. “We cherish the relationships we build with our students — this continues after they graduate. Every speaker we contacted was excited to come and network with current Hiram students.”
The Education Club and Education Department sponsored the event.