The Toyota Wellspring Education Fund at CREATE Foundation is the lead sponsor of a major career expo set for October 4-6, 2016 at BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo. The expo is designed to provide a better understanding of the opportunities available after graduation to over 7,000 eighth-grade students. Last year, the expo reached over 3,000 eight-grade students. For 2016, the expo will be available to an additional 14 counties in the CREATE Foundation service area and include public and private schools.
“Imagine the Possibilities” featured activities connected to 18 career pathways. These pathways include Aerospace; Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Arts, A/V Technology & Communications; Business Management & Administration; Education & Training; Energy; Engineering; Finance; Government & Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality & Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics. The expo was open to public school students located in Lee, Pontotoc, Union, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Monroe and Prentiss Counties.
“Imagine the Possibilities” formed community partnerships with local businesses, to address the community challenges of inspiring and motivating students to pursue career goals. Education and workforce development professionals must work together in order to ensure a promising future for all students. This issue is not unique to Northeast Mississippi, or even to our state. Students everywhere need to know what jobs are currently available, the necessary training and education required, and the potential pay scale. Career awareness should start at an early age and should involve the entire community.
Community volunteers and sponsors are needed to help with the career expo. For more information on the 2016 Career Expo, please contact Albine Bennett at (662) 844-8989 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Imagine volunteer tasks include: visitor registration, Expo information, bag restocking, greet & manage school buses, greeters, guiding students to the arena floor, announcers, entrance & exit guides, and maintaining student flow.
If you’d like to be added to the volunteer e-mail distribution list, please email email@example.com for the latest news and updates for registration.
“When the young people in this state realize the opportunities that are here, they will be grateful for what can be accomplished.” ~George McLean