EXPLORE: A VIRTUAL CAREER EXPO 2020
Inspiring, Engaging, & Preparing Our Youth for Tomorrow’s Workforce
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The Virtual Career Expo will be held on Nov. 18, 2020, and will deliver career exploration experiences for all high school students (9th—12th grades) residing within the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and to all Choctaw tribal members currently enrolled in high school and living across the U.S. The live-virtual event will involve approximately 50 vendors including business and industry representatives and colleges/training facilities. The event is designed to provide key experiences required by the ICAP legislated high school graduation requirements for Oklahoma students. The Virtual Career Expo will feature a motivational message from Amberly Snyder, nationally known motivational speaker and traditional Choctaw cultural enrichment experiences. Following the opening session of the event, students will explore interactive sessions and engage with vendors who will provide interactive, career-relevant demonstrations and presentations through multiple sessions within 5 Career Sectors which represent careers available within SE Oklahoma and across the nation. Other sessions will include applicable topics such as career planning, financial aid & planning, job searching, and informative sessions designed for parents of high school students.
The event goes live at 10:00a.m. CST. Students will access the event through the Whova app where they will select sessions matching their interests to create individualized agendas and where they will have access to their favorite sessions and abundant resources.
Why should high school students attend?
- Hear nationally known motivational speaker Amberly Snyder. https://www.amberleysnyder.org/my-story/
- Explore multiple career options that are relevant to your interests and available within SE Oklahoma through interactive virtual presentations from employers, subject-matter experts, training providers, and schools.
- Meet key ICAP graduation requirements (Oklahoma students).
- Interact with employers to learn about the career opportunities they offer and how to gain the skills and knowledge required for employment.
- Engage with Technology Center and College representatives who can offer guidance on how to access needed education and training that leads to your desired career.
- Learn about Financial Aid opportunities.
- Be inspired to reach your career goals and dreams.
Vendors should include at least one interactive or demonstration-type activity in which students can engage to learn more about the vendor’s specific industry and the career opportunities within that industry. Vendor presentations will be delivered via live or pre-recorded videos which will be uploaded into the Whova app. All vendors will be invited via email by a Career Development program staff member and will pre-register to participate. Participation is free to all vendors and vendors must provide their own video presentations. Guidance for preparing and uploading video presentations will be provided.
Contact: Rhonda Mize, [email protected] or 580-931-7624
- Technology Centers – The Virtual Career Expo will provide opportunities to showcase career programs and recruit future students while supporting sending schools by providing multiple career exploration opportunities, which meet ICAP requirements, within a single setting. Technology Centers may register to participate in each of the Career Sectors. Video presentations should provide relevant demonstration activities through which students can gain information on how to access appropriate training for careers. Presentations should contain information on specific careers for which the school prepares students, occupational outlook for those careers, industry-required education/training and skills, time required for program completion or graduation, costs of tuition, fees, books, and other necessary items, and be engaging and relevant the specified audience. Examples: Video footage of an in-shop training demonstration or the Construction Trades exhibit provided by KTC-Stigler at the 2018 Career Expo.
- Employers/Industry groups – Employers will have a unique opportunity to engage virtually with students who are at the beginning of the career decision-making process and recruit them to their specific industry or business. Information will be shared via video-based presentations which can include demonstrations, facility tours, documentary videos, uploaded documents, etc. Presentations should contain information on specific careers available within the company, salary ranges, education/training and skills required, the hiring process, and be engaging and relevant to the specified audience. Employers may also make contacts with local high school leadership in order to initiate interactions which can lead to partnerships that positively contribute to the development of a prepared and effective future workforce for local businesses and economy.
- Colleges & Universities (specific career programs) – Career programs from colleges and universities who participate in the Virtual Career Expo gain a prime opportunity to recruit students who are interested in specific educational programs offered by their schools. Representatives will have virtual recruitment access to students from across the Choctaw Nation and various other locations. They may also develop contacts with high school counselors and leaders who can promote specific schools to students in subsequent years. Information will be shared via video-based presentations which can include demonstrations, facility tours, documentary videos, uploaded documents, etc. Presentations should contain information on specific careers for which the school prepares students, occupational outlook for those careers, industry-required education/training and skills, time required for program completion or graduation, costs of tuition, fees, books, and other necessary items, and be engaging and relevant the specified audience.
Individual Registration - click here
Who should register here?
- Home School Students
- Students whose high school will not be participating as a whole (please check with your school counselor prior to registration)
- Education Support Agency Persons
School Registration – Schools will register all of their students via a registration form which can be obtained by emailing Deidre Inselman at [email protected]
Event Contact: Rhonda Mize – [email protected] | 580-931-7624