5 things: Wenatchee School District College & Career Expo

Diana Haglund Wenatchee Learns coordinator

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee School District College & Career Expo will take place at Wenatchee Valley College from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5.

This event is for Wenatchee High School students to explore career paths and connect with local employers, professional, training programs and colleges.

Over 2,000 Wenatchee High School, WestSide High School, SkillSource Learning Center students will have an opportunity to attend this event. The Expo will take place in the WVC Smith Gymnasium and in Van Tassell Hall.

The College and Career Expo is made possible because of a partnership between Wenatchee School District and Wenatchee Valley College. Both organizations have a shared commitment of helping students develop the skills and knowledge needed to become career ready.

Five things to know about the Expo:

1. College and career readiness is a priority for the Wenatchee School District. The Expo is part of this larger district initiative. Three key themes that support this are: personalized learning through career exploration, extending the role of educator in our community and the use of technology. All high school students in the district are enrolled in a new online course that guides them through identifying career pathways and skills needed to prepare for success after high school.

2. Students need to make real connections to build hope for their future. Connecting with people in careers they are interested in helps students visualize themselves in that line of work or attending that school.

3. Employers can influence the future workforce by making clear what students need to be successful in the world of work. Professionals can support students in developing critical soft skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, accountability and leadership. Not only can employers nurture their future workforce by connecting with students early in their career development, but they can also promote future careers, provide volunteer opportunities and share hands on work based learning experience such as job shadowing and internships.

4. The Expo helps create opportunities for students and parents to engage in meaningful conversation about their student’s career goals and aspirations. The College & Career Expo is a catalyst for starting a discussion at home about your student’s future plan.

5. The Expo gives opportunity to promote your company to over 2,000 future employees and or customers. According to a report by Harris Interactive, teens (ages 13-19) spend at a rate of $94.7 billion annually or $3,309 per capita. Generation Y’s needs and opinions influence many adult purchase decisions and often represent the future market for many consumer brands.

For more information about the College and Career Expo visit wenatcheelearns.com or call (509) 888-2828. Wenatchee Learns is located at 2 S. Mission St., Wenatchee.