The fifth annual Career Fair recently took place at Warwick Valley High School. Several hundred students from Warwick Valley High School and S.S. Seward Institute in Florida participated in this event, which was sponsored by Warwick Foundation for Excellence in Learning (WEFL), the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and ShopRite of Warwick.
This year, the Career Fair planning committee focused on careers that are projected to have increased opportunities in the Hudson Valley over the next ten years. Professionals from 31 local organizations spoke with students about careers in business, health and human services, skilled trades and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
To increase student readiness for the professional world, students were rewarded with tickets that could be entered in a raffle for prizes if they demonstrated “soft skills” while interacting with the professionals.
The Career Fair committee is pleased with the success of this year’s event and the enthusiastic response from both the professionals and students. Approximately one-third of the students who attended reported that the event changed the way they viewed their future career opportunities.
“It was a pleasure to observe our students interact with adults in the workforce, and connect career options with the learning and skills required for those careers,” said WVCSD Superintendent, Dr. David Leach.