Last Thursday, 42 area businesses participated in a Career Expo at Williams High School. When we promoted this event, we reported that at least 25 businesses would be in attendance. Once we arrived, we soon learned from organizers that additional businesses that had failed to RSVP had to be turned away - there was simply not enough room for everyone that wanted to participate. This is good news; it means that future expos will likely be a success. Our students require this important guidance as they prepare for their futures.
Approximately 400 local students had the opportunity to walk through the gymnasium to learn about a wide variety of careers including construction, excavation, health care, journalism, retail, public relations, entertainment, government, law enforcement and much more. Most of the students stopped at each booth, even when they were not interested in a particular line of work, just to gain additional information.
The Career Expo was sponsored through a partnership with the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee and Williams Unified School District in support of Arizona State Standards for workplace skills. The goal was to improve the college and career readiness of our students. Thursday's Career Expo was a giant step towards this goal. Partnerships such as this are crucial to the future of our community. It is our hope the Career Expo becomes an annual tradition. Hats off to all who made this successful event happen.