Lauderdale County Students Get Real World Advice From Top Names

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Over the last three weeks, hundreds of students in Lauderdale County have gotten real world advice from some of the top names in music, fashion and culinary arts.

It’s a program designed to influence and inspire students to develop their unique talents for a successful future.

On Thursday, The Lauderdale County PACE (Program for Academic and Creative Enrichment) Program concluded a three week set of panels for students.

“If you have a plan-B, this is not the world you should tip-toe into.”

That’s the advice given to nearly 200 high school juniors and seniors by Grammy Award winning musician John Paul White.

White grew up just north of the Shoals in Loretto Tennessee, and spoke to the students about the struggles of breaking into the music industry after attending UNA.

Michaela Allsup is graduating from high school this spring and appreciated the honesty White and the other speakers are giving.

“Just to know that they got started just like a regular person like me, they’re not just some figure that you can see. They are a real person and it’s really humbling to see that,” said Allsup.

Lauderdale County educators decided to put on the event to show kids there are so many options for them after they graduate.

Allison Hall, a Gifted Specialist with Lauderdale County Schools, said using their creativity for a career is always an option.

“The Shoals has an amazing pool of talent. And with working hard and being dedicated, they can do anything they want to. And there are real life examples all over,” explained Hall.

A rich history, with a talent pool that educators hope can help mold the future creators.

With the success of this years “Creative Jobs of the Shoals” panel, educators are hoping to build the enrichment program for future graduating classes.

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