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Role Models Academy holds Career Day

March 29, 2001

Role Models Academy holds Career Day



By TARA REILLY / tarar@herald-mail.com

Veronica Gonzalez stepped into the gym at National Role Models Academy Thursday morning with uncertainties, but walked out with a plan.

Gonzalez, who will graduate this summer from the military-style boarding school at the former Fort Ritchie Army base in Cascade, decided to attend Hagerstown Community College and study computers.

HCC was one of the dozen colleges and military services on hand for Role Models's first Career Day event. About 65 Role Models students attended.

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As soon as Gonzalez saw the booth set up by HCC, she told her principal, retired U.S. Army Col. Jimmie Jones, that she didn't want to go back to Los Lunas, N.M., he said.

"It helped her decide what she wanted to study," said Gonzalez's teacher, Lorena Herrera.

In addition to HCC, representatives from the Air Force, Air National Guard, Army, Howard University, Penn State Mont Alto, The Thompson Institute and Hagerstown Business College attended.

"This gives them the opportunity to find out some of the schools that are out there," Jones said. "It's a chance to meet first hand with representatives from the schools and ask them the important questions.

"Judging from the responses from students, I would say this is a resounding success," he said.

Ken Boheim, a world and U.S. history teacher at Role Models, said he can relate to his students, many of whom are high school dropouts.

"I know what they went through," Boheim said. "I was a dropout, and somebody gave me a second chance. These students are getting a second chance. This gets them back in."

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