Education and Career Expo Exposes Students to Life After High School

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 8:14am

College? Or straight to the workforce? There are lots of options to choose from here in the RGV.

Over 21-hundred high school juniors and seniors took part in a very hands on Education and Career Expo in Harlingen Thursday morning.

"There's a lot of people here showing what they can offer, there's a lot of people speaking and they can interest you in many fields or career you can choose from." said Harlingen-South H.S. Sr. Danielle Doty.

The interactive booths let students have a little taste of what a career in a particular field may consist of. Students were not only informed of what's out there, but actually had the opportunity to give it a try. From maneuvering a Caterpillar machine in a simulator, to conducting a mini experiment, the interaction was enough to draw most students to a booth to see what an employer has to offer.

"These people are great, they want you to succeed in life and they lure you into the job core, I guess you could say." said La Villa H.S. Sr., George Gonzaoez.

The co-chair of the expo says this is the eighth year the expo has been held and was the biggest to date in terms of the number of students in attendance and the number of exhibitors who set up to show these future grads what the valley has to offer. While there were several college booths set up, the organizers of the event realize a four year college may not be for everyone.

"There are so many more opportunities out there for you to at least learn a trade to ensure a good future." said Education and Career Expo, Co-Chair, Kathy Wolf.

For most of these kids, a good future is what they're longing for, some just need a little guidance figuring out how to get there.

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