Students learn about local higher education, career opportunities during Career/Technical Education Month in Februar
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 8
High School Program: 8 a.m – 1 p.m.
Public Program: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Thrasher-Horne Center for the Performing Arts
St. Johns River State College, Orange Park Campus
283 College Drive
Orange Park, FL 32065
“As a school district, our ultimate goal is to ensure our students receive a K-12 education that allows them to become college- and career-ready. This event is a great opportunity for our students to envision themselves pursuing higher education, and get comfortable in a professional setting,” said Addison Davis, Clay County’s superintendent of schools. “We are committed to working with partners in the post-secondary education and business sectors to make sure our students have access to the wealth of opportunity that exists right in our own community.”
The fair coincides with a national movement to promote the benefits of career and technical education for secondary students through Career and Technical Education Month, which the Clay County School Board proclaimed locally at their February meeting.
“The Chamber is excited to co-host this unique career fair providing great opportunities for the community to learn about job prospects, seek new and exciting career possibilities and support the local business community. The workforce and education initiatives are essential to our ability to grow the business environment. All the partners work together to make our community the top of the list for great careers. Share this event information with your friends, family and business partners as this is a home grown event supporting our county and region,” said Doug Conkey, president of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.
Students from each of the local high schools will participate in a special program that includes a tour of the Orange Park campus in addition to attending the fair. No registration is required for members of the general public to attend this event, though attendees are asked to dress professionally and bring resumes.
“Preparing students for furthering their education and careers is integral to our mission at SJR State College,” said Dr. Anna Lebesch, Vice President for Workforce Development and Executive Director of the Orange Park Campus of St. Johns River State College. “We highly value our partnership with the Clay County School District and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce to share information about the career pathways available in our local community. Tours of the campus will afford students the opportunity to experience College life for the day and encourage pursuit of a College education following high school.”
“Northeast Florida’s economy is heating up, and this is a great time for students to be thinking about their educational and career options,” said Candace Moody, vice president of communications for CareerSource Northeast Florida. “Our region is leading the state in creating jobs in finance and hospitality, and announcements like the Amazon fulfillment centers mean that young workers will have many choices as they begin their careers.”
CareerSource Northeast Florida and the Small Business Development Center will provide a series of seminars for job seekers from 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Download the Chamber's flier.