Worlds of Work Career Fair Reaches Out to West Alabama’s Future Workforce

Worlds of Work will be held Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13, at Shelton State Community College’s Martin Campus. Worlds of Work will be held Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13, at Shelton State Community College’s Martin Campus. Chamber Tuscaloosa

More than 4,400 eighth graders will get a hands-on look at high-paying jobs in West Alabama this week, as Worlds of Work, a one-of-a-kind career expo will be held October 12 and 13 at Shelton State Community College’s Martin Campus. High school students are also invited to attend WOW Varsity with their parents, allowing them to explore career opportunities.

Designed to showcase a range of technical and high-wage careers in sectors such as energy and utilities; manufacturing; automotive and logistics; transportation; hospitality and tourism; engineering and environment and public safety and tourism, the expo will welcome students from nine counties to participate in interactive exhibits from local employers looking for highly skilled workers.

“Now in its third year, WOW not only creates awareness, but also generates excitement about fulfilling career options among students and educators,” says Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. “The expo also will help bring attention to industries that are facing a shortage of skilled workers. These employers face shortages over the next few years due to the retirement of up to 50 percent of their workforce.”

Eighth grade students will attend the expo during the two-day event with their schools. On October 12 from 2 to 7 p.m. high school students are invited to attend with a parent or guardian. One high school student in attendance at the event will be awarded a semester’s tuition to either Shelton State Community College or Bevill State Community College

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