Southeast AlabamaWorks helped bring more than 5,600 students from three states and more than 80 businesses to the second annual Wiregrass WORKS Career Experience held Feb. 21-23 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan.
In addition to the career expo for eighth-graders, Wiregrass WORKS also included a Hiring Night for area companies ready to hire. Hiring Night featured more than 30 companies that either had current job openings or jobs that would become available within 90 days. Any job seekers from the community were welcomed.
Meanwhile, Career Experience drew eighth-grade students from Barbour, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties in Alabama, as well as Early, Miller and Seminole counties in Georgia, and Jackson, Holmes and Washington counties in Florida. The students engaged in fun, educational and hands-on experiences that provided them an overview of high-demand, high-wage career opportunities available in the area, while addressing workforce needs in this region.
Career Experience categories included:
• Public Service/Military & Utilities
“Wiregrass WORKS shows our students and teachers viable career opportunities that are available right here in our region,” said Ryan Richards, executive director of Southeast AlabamaWorks. “Our regional business and industry partnership has also been great because our partners fully understand that investing in our students is investing in their future workforce.”
The Wiregrass WORKS Career Experienced was featured on the cover of Alabama Living Magazine. Check it out here.
Also, read the Dothan Eagle’s coverage.
For more information about Wiregrass Works, visit its website at wiregrassworks.com.
For more information about Southeast AlabamaWorks, go to southeastalabamaworks.com.