BROOKSVILLE — Central High School Future Business Leaders of America recently went to City Hall to hear local leaders explain the kinds of employment available in Hernando County.
Thirty-two students, freshmen through seniors, accompanied by business teacher Joyce Cheze, attended the program coordinated by the Office of Business Development representative Valerie Pianta.
The students heard from County Administrator David Hamilton, who described the types of things some local governments do, including the collection of taxes, running county courts and jails, operating the Sheriff's Office and determining land use.
Hernando County, he said, employes about 1,500 people.
Then-County Commissioner Christopher Kingsley mentioned some of the qualifications needed for county workers and stressed the importance of education. He said government work might not make them rich, but it does offer regular pay and benefits.
Other presenters were County Commissioner Rose Rocco, Omar DePablo of the Planning Department, Department of Public Works assistant county engineer Gregg Sutton, Utilities Department water distribution supervisor Tony Pastore, Hernando County Fire/Rescue district chief, Robert Miller and Human Resources employment coordinator Beth Howley.
They described their departments and at one point, one of them even drew applause. That was Sutton, who told students who travel a congested road when they go to and from school, "We're going to four-lane Sunshine Grove Road."
Jackie Hall, 15, is a sophomore and new to FBLA. She said she joined the organization "because it opens your eyes. It helps you see what else is out there."
Carolyn White, 15, also a sophomore and new to the group, said, "I joined FBLA because everybody's always talking about great business jobs out there." She said the organization would help her learn about those jobs.
Senior Andrew Hall, 17, is the Central High FBLA treasurer and was interested in one particular point brought forth during the visit. "I was really impressed with the job security," he said. "You always know you have a job on Monday."
He hoped the other members took something away from the morning's talks. "There was a lot pertaining to business," he said. "I'm pretty sure it opened a lot of eyes up." Andrew, graduating this year, is interested in studying instructional engineering at the University of Central Florida.