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