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The Raleigh County Board of Education and Chamber of Commerce held their annual Career Day for Raleigh County School eighth graders at Marquee Cinemas in Beckley Thursday.

Students saw presentations about jobs in healthcare, finance, hospitality/tourism, and technical fields.  They also learned what classes will be best to take in high school to reach some of their career goal.  The most popular station though, seemed to be the "Get a Job" simulation.

"Most of our generation, we don't know how to correctly go into an interview for our first time.  So when we went in there and saw how to act and how not to act, it just blew some people's minds," says Shade Varney, an eighth grader in the Raleigh County Schools. 

Ken Lilly from Appalachian Bible College acted as the character, Needy Mo Dough – a job seeker who nailed exactly what should not be done in an interview.  Lilly says participating in Career Day is his way of giving back to a community that has given him so much.  "We want Raleigh County to succeed.  We want these students to do well and be productive citizens," says Lilly.

After today, eighth graders, especially Varney are dreaming big for the future. "I plan to be an oncologist.  I've had many people in my family that have had cancer, and I'd like to either find a cure for that or cure people that have it," says Varney. 

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