21st Century Career Day for Summit Middle School students


Our Middle School was proud to present the 21st Century Career Expo for our sixth through eighth grade students today. While many schools have “Career Day,” Summit’s was very different. Our Middle School teachers worked together to assess student career interests and aptitude, and then assigned them the task of researching the job market in the 21st century, with a focus on which careers are in danger of being eliminated due to automation. After networking with experts from several career fields, students invited a range of presenters to today’s 21st Century Career Expo. At the Expo, student facilitators asked questions of keynote presenters Vanessa Ruiz of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and ASU and anchor for Arizona PBS, and “Lady La” of 104.7 KISS FM. Students then attended focus sessions with presentations and discussions in a variety of career fields with expert presenters including:

Finance and Banking with Corey Saba Basha of Wells Fargo
The Legal field with Richard Suzuki
Culinary Arts with Susan Timm of Knife and Fork
Entrepreneurialism with Mark Rodin
Graphic Art with Ruth Wall
Engineering with Dr. Suleyman Sair of Intel and Dr. Sule Ozev of ASU
Computer Science and Coding with Neil Buckley
Science and Virology with Professor Andrew Diamos of ASU
Public Service and Law Enforcement with Galen Flynn
Technology Field with Fred Thiele of Microsoft
Songwriting and Music with Ken Mendez
Coding and Technology Hardware/Software with David McIntyre of PCHelpForce

Richard Suzuki closed the Expo by challenging our students to work their hardest in pursuit of their career goals. We are grateful to all of our esteemed presenters, and thankful to our Middle School teachers for providing an opportunity for students to explore potential careers in such an engaging and stimulating format.

Mark Bistricky, M.Ed.

Head of School