Career fair helps students make decisions about the future

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — For the past five years, Southeast World of Works have what some may call a career fair for students from 10 different counties.

Here, students learn about choices to help them set a trajectory about classes they take throughout high school.

“These eighth graders get to see what they can be when they grow up really, and so we’ve got eighty-eight organizations, companies out here that have set up,” Project Manager of Southeast W.O.W Melanie Hill said. “They are our vendors, and they have engaging activities for all the kids.”

The event has almost everything from Construction, Health Sciences, Agriculture, Media I.T., Aviation. They have 11 different worlds to help students in this region once out of high school to land a job.

“We’re trying to get them to start early to see where they want to go and what they want to do,” LBW Automotive Instructor Clay Grantham said.

World of Works estimates 5,200 students will take part in the event. Organizations aren’t just demonstrating for the students, but to get them interested in their career field.

The National Guard and local fire department is in on the recruitment as well.

“We’re trying to broaden our appeal to this age group and get some good applicants in a couple of years for our department,” Dothan Fire Prevention Captain Travis Fretts said.

This years’ seniors were the first group to do this event and Mrs. Hill said they’re excited to talk to them and see if this event will make an impact in their career choice.

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