Career & Workforce Expo Helps Guide Students To Their Future

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - About 12-hundred high school students from 4 different counties descended upon Calhoun Community College today for the 12th Annual Career and Workforce Expo. The goal is to introduce students to the various career paths available to them, and help them understand how to best prepare for those jobs. And that doesn't always involve going to college.

Eighteen can be a very stressful time of life... Not knowing what the future holds... Undecided about career options. That's one of the reasons Calhoun Community College helps sponsor a career expo each year, to help students make a decision and start them working in that direction.

Priceville High School senior says she has a few ideas about what she'd like to do. "I want to be a pharmaceutical sales rep... Yeah, we're going to have a bakery one day... I want to be the next Erin Andrews, too," she says. And the point is, she could do all three of those things with the right planning, preparration, and the willingness to work for it. That's exactly what many of the representatives here wanted the students to understand.

"Most people, when they're in high school, they don't apply themselves or anything. They just do enough to get by. And then, when they get to this stage, it knocks them down and they don't know exactly what to do," says Priceville High School senior Ron Garner. Garner, along with Hunter Townson told WHNT News 19 they're interested in learning a trade.

"That's more of what's in demand, the ones who actually want to get out and do the work," Townson says.

The teachers we spoke with here tell us the benefit of this type of career expo is they don't try to steer every student down the same path... High school, college, work force. The idea is to match the student with his or her goals and steer them in the right direction.

There were 43 various industries and corporations represented at today's career expo, featuring information on many different career fields, from welding to engineering.

-- Al Whitaker

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