LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – More than a thousand high schoolers converged on Calhoun Community College this week. It’s all part of Calhoun’s annual Career Expo Day. The idea is to make the high schoolers aware of the many educational and career choices available to them.
Brandon McNeal is an 11th grader at Bob Jones High School. He says he picked up more than just a new t-shirt at the Career Expo.
“I’m learning a lot about jobs I can do once I get out of high school, and like colleges I can go to and careers,” McNeal said. And promoters say that’s the whole idea behind the event, to give these students a notion about the options that are available to them.
“And we’re here to encourage students and let them know about hot jobs in our area and also give them a chance to talk to potential employers,” says Taylor Simmons of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce. And there were a number of potential employers on hand, as well as organizations designed to promote a number of different career paths.
“Our main goal is to close the skilled trades gap,” says Julie Ward who was at the expo to promote Go Build Alabama. She adds, “There are a lot of great jobs that pay well out there, so we need workers to fill those jobs.”
“We think it’s very important,” Taylor said. “We actually have high school juniors and seniors here and those are the people that are going to be filling those empty positions that we have in our area so we hope that its beneficial for the exhibitors that are here as well as the students.”
About a thousand students from around the Tennessee Valley took part in this year’s career expo.