Career opportunities in technology were widespread as ninth- and 10th-graders at St. Croix Central High School flocked to the school’s gymnasium to explore vocations in the vast expanding field during the first “Connecting Careers Expose” on May 23.

According to organizer and school guidance counselor Sandra Cannon, the event was designed to connect academics with STEM careers available on St. Croix. Young entrepreneurs and representatives from technological companies piqued students’ interest in their growing businesses.

Also participating were the CHS Robotics class instructed by Victor Barnes, who filled a table with transportable apparatus. The St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center’s Gregory Christian, a technology instructor, provided graphic instruction to eager students on the procedures involved in terminating and splicing a fiber optic cable. Christian announced that training in the areas of computer networking, computer security, Java coding, and Configuring Cisco Routers and Switches are available, free of charge, at the center.

Dr. Nilsa Bough, CHS instructor for the Sports Medicine Class II, held demonstrations on massaging and tending to wounded areas of the body as she guided a student to gently rub the “injured” legs of Principal Janasee Sinclair. Bough also guided others students as they performed massages on their peers.

Non-school presenters in the two-session career fair included government and military agencies, such as the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, V.I. Fire Services, and the Tourism, Health, and Labor departments, along with the Marine Corps, Air National Guard and the Naval Services.