Seven school divisions in the Shenandoah Valley have come together to give 7th grade students a career exploration experience like no other.
“There’s no way our students have a good idea of all the opportunities they have in front of them, so that’s why we want to put as many things in front of them so that they see, and understand that there are a lot of jobs here for them,” Katie Rice, Winchester career and technical education coordinator says.
The event titled WOW- The World of Works featured more than 70 businesses and employers who showcased equipment, vehicles, and machinery, so students could climb into, fix, and manipulate. Giving them a hands on idea of the vast career world that’s available to them.
“We selected the worlds based on where business and industry is in the valley but also where jobs are going to be, where things are growing based on labor and market projections,” Rice says.
Even though most of the students are pre-teens, organizers and demonstrators say it’s never too early to start thinking about your future.
“It’s always good to figure it out because then you can research into where you want to go or what programs are best for you and how you’re going to pay for all of that in the end.” Victoria Nolan Shenandoah University, student nurse says.
“It comes fast, and it’s good to start thinking about it at a young age so you can start making a goal to go towards that.” Jordan gray & Jansen Doberer of Skyline Middle School says.
The event was put together by many local organizations including Lord Fairfax Community College, Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, Frederick County and Winchester Economic Development Authority.
The event was free to all of the students in attendance.