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LEAP Youth Expo Provides Students With Career Information

Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas is hosting this year’s LEAP Youth Career Expo on Friday October 20th from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Hopkins County Civic Center.  The event is for local 8th grade students.  The event aims to help them understand the types of career pathways available in the local community, as they begin to make career related coursework decisions for high school, according to Bart Spivey, Business Development Project Manager for Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas.

The Learning Endorsements and Professions (LEAP) Expo provides area 8th grade students with the opportunity to speak with local professionals and gain a better understanding of career pathways.  The LEAP Expo features local employers from a wide variety of industries, non-profits, education and training providers, and Career/Technical Education programs from local high schools.  KSST/Channel 18/ will be represented at the event. Students are encouraged to engage with exhibitors and use the opportunity to expand their knowledge of local careers.  Students will use this knowledge as they select a high school Endorsement and other career related decisions in the coming years.

Employers will:

  • Help students connect their interests with career exploration
  • Provide students with a better understanding of local career options
  • Promote organizationS to hundreds of local students, teachers, and parents across the region
  • Connect students to career/industry with hands-on activities and materials
The first student session will be from 9:00 – 10:15 AM, and the second student session will be from 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM. The convention center will be split into 4 sections.  Students will be split into 4 groups, spend about 15-20 minutes in a section, then rotate. Currently there are about 500 students scheduled to attend this year’s event.
The event is sponsored by the Sulphur Springs Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation.

Author: Staff Reporter

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