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Hanover Central High School CTE Conference

Describing the hospitality industry as a great way for introverted people to become more extroverted, Celebrity Chef, Joe Arvin had some sage advice for students attending the annual Career and Technology Education Conference.  “You have to do what’s best for you.  Listen to yourself,” he said.  The path to success for Arvin came after years of traveling and working through various parts of the industry, and stopping and re-starting his college career.  “This will be the most creative job you will ever have and can give you the ability to travel the world,” he told students who might be interested in a position in the hospitality industry. 

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Chef Joe Arvin

Students were exposed to other professional and career options.  Byanka Anayo currently works for a non-profit call “Project S.T.I.G.M.A.” as the Creative Director and was able to provide insights into the Visual Communication Industry.

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Students arrive excited to explore six different career areas.

John Foreman, a resident of Cedar Lake and a previous presenter shared his background and current involvement in engineering and manufacturing, while Lori Postma is involved in a very specialized area of the health industry.  She serves as a SWAT nurse with District 1 Law Enforcement and is a medical Captain for the Lake Township Fire Department.  Currently, Ms. Postma works for Franciscan Health Hammond/Munster/Dyer as the Emergency Preparedness Educator.

Hanover Director of Safety and Security, Michael O'Donnell was instrumental in bringing Melissa A. Staples to the Conference.  She has an extensive work history with the Chicago Police Department and currently serves as Chief of the Bureau of Detectives. 

Jennifer Zak, a certified respiratory therapist at St. Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago is a 2013 Hanover graduate and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2017.

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Alyssa Geraci, Alyssa Kegley, and Michael Biegel

Also available to students was a panel of “experts” who know exactly what the students attending the conference are feeling.  All three are recent graduates of Hanover Central High School who have taken very different paths.  Alyssa Geraci is a 2015 Hanover grad and attends Indiana University Northwest and will be graduating in May.  In uniform, Alyssa Kegley, a 2017 Hanover grad is in the Army National Guard and has started classes to begin her transition to the police academy in July of 2018.  Michael Biegel is the most recent graduate, 2018, who currently is a member of the Crimson Tide of Calumet College of St. Joseph.  All three were more than happy to take questions and offer insights about what life is like after you leave Hanover Central High School.

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Arden Smith welcomes students to the 2019 CTE Conference.

The Career and Technology Education Conference is an annual tradition at Hanover Central High School and this year was coordinated by HCHS Business Department Chair, Stacey Daniell and 38 year teaching veteran Arden Smith.