Anthony Robinson, a dean at Flagler Palm Coast High School, said he wants to ensure the students know what their options are upon graduating.
"They don't know what they don't know," Robinson said. "There are so many options out there."
That's why the FPC's second annual Career Expo — hosted on Jan. 24 — was so important. Representatives from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, the East Flagler Mosquito Control, Florida Power & Light, the U.S. Navy and Army and several local trade schools and technical institutes attended the expo and shared details about their career fields.
The expo focused mainly on trades or similar job opportunities instead of colleges, Robinson said, because not every student wants to go to college after high school.
He still encourages it, for those who want a college degree. But it is equally important for students to know there are more paths to success, he said.
This year the school wanted the event to be more tactile, too, Robinson said, so several companies brought their work trucks to the event. The FCSO showed off its airboat, motorcycles and SWAT van. The East Flagler Mosquito Control not only had activities for the students, but brought its helicopter out, too. The Universal Technical Institute brought a car that had been worked on by its students and a welding simulator.
Keith and Jacob Purvis — father and son — are both FPL lineman who attended the expo. Jacob Purvis said he knew college wasn't for him and he began working with FPL after seeing his father work in the field.
"All you need for this one is a high school diploma, to be a lineman," Jacob Purvis said. From there, he said, that person joins an apprenticeship program where they work and get paid while learning the trade.
Being a lineman is a trade, Keith Purvis said, just like welding and being a mechanic.
"School is not for everybody," he said. "[Trade school] gives options to the kids."
FPC senior Honesty Ray, 18, said she's already decided to go into the military after graduation, but she really enjoyed being able to learn about all the different career options.
"A lot of kids our age really don't know what they're going to do," Ray said. "So just having all these people tell you hey, you know, college isn't the only option ... I think that's a really good thing."
Robinson said he hoped the Career Expo was a "knowledge expedition" for FPC students.
"It's all about giving the kids opportunities," he said. "We're just trying to show them as much as possible."