Over 600 10th grade students from all the school districts participated in the Fifth Annual Lawrence County Business & Industry Career Fair that took place on November 21st at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, PA. The goal of the event is to introduce students to the variety of occupations and education that exist in the community in Manufacturing. Beginning with a presentation from keynote speaker Nicholas D’Antonio, program manager of the Manufacturing Institute’s ‘Dream it. Do it.’ campaign, students were introduced to the variety of career offerings in the manufacturing field.
Sophomores then had the chance to speak directly with employers in the exhibitor’s lobby. Twenty-three local businesses and post-secondary schools were on hand in the exhibitors lobby to talk directly with interested students. Multiple exhibitors had 3D printers that captivated both students and adults. The booths were also staffed with individuals from varying occupations including engineers, human resource specialists, and purchasing agents who gave students an inside look at what occupations exist in specific companies and what training is required.
Students also attended the interactive “Job Jeopardy” breakout session where they learned from a panel of Human Resource and Employment professionals about essential employment skills required by employers and why employers demand them.
As part of the Oh-Penn Pathways to Competitiveness Project, this successful model will be expanded into the other four Oh-Penn counties. The first Business & Industry Career Fair for Mercer County 10th grade students is currently planned for March 13, 2014.
Plans are underway for similar events to take place in Ohio. Columbiana and Trumbull Counties are looking to incorporate Industrial Career Fairs with their upcoming Open Houses and Mahoning County will host a special event for Freshmen in the Spring. The Pipeline Development Action Team will be working closely with all interested school districts to make these events as successful as possible, for this school year and the school years to come! Stay tuned for mention of these events in future newsletters!