Over 1,000 high school students from five counties spent a day out of the classroom and looking into possible careers. Tuesday afternoon Eastside Baptist Church in Marianna held the 13th Annual Regional Career Fair.
Students from Washington, Liberty, Holmes, Calhoun and Jackson Counties gathered in Marianna to discover what college and career options are available in the area. Over sixty vendors were present at the Chipola regional workforce career fair. Students received one-on-one guidance about college costs and loan help. Local businesses were present to tell potential employees about pay, benefits and educational requirements.
Chair of Career Fair, Jason Hurst and Jackson County Superintendent, Steve Benton, believe these events are imperative for students' real world success. Hurst, "It's an opportunity to walk around, talk to the companies talk to the colleges, learn about what different types of occupations are out there, and then what are the requirements to do that for a living." Superintendent Benton says these students gain as much, if not more, from these field trips as being in the classroom, "You know there is so much we can teach at school but whenever they come out and see the vendors themselves with a hands on experience, it sticks with them."