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Juniors from county’s five high schools converge for career fair

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At the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Fifth Annual High Schools Career Day on April 5, around 475 juniors will have to opportunity to learn about careers they may never have considered and what it takes to prepare for them.

With a little more than a year from graduating from high school, these students are thinking about their futures and their careers.

About 50 businesses plan to participate in the Career Day at Roane State Community College’s gymnasium.

It’s an opportunity to let the future workforce know what knowledge, skills and education businesses consider important to be successful in their workplace.

To prepare students, teachers explain that businesses want good workers who are prepared for good jobs, most of them requiring education or training beyond high school.

The teachers also have students write resumes, discuss interviewing techniques, teach them how to conduct themselves in an interview and how to properly dress for an interview.

Harriman Utility Board will give the students the opportunity to show what they have learned in preparation for the Career Day and win a Kindle Fire HD 16GB Tablet.  

HUB will have a “Spinner Wheel” with different questions about resumes and interviewing on the spinner. 

Students can spin the wheel and answer the question for a chance to win the Kindle Fire.

For the third year, Perma-Fix Environmental Services is encouraging students to continue their education after high school by awarding $250 scholarships to  one student from each of the five Roane County high schools.

The students apply for the scholarships at the Perma-Fix Environmental Services table.

“Our business leaders know that it is critical for our students, their future employees, to focus on gaining the education and skills necessary for them to be employable and competitive in the global economy,” said Allen Lutz, the Alliance’s education and workforce development specialist. “There is no escaping it, for Roane County, Tennessee, the U.S., and other countries, economic growth is linked with educational attainment.”

Read more about Career Day at The Roane Alliance’s web site at www.roanealliance.org/CareerDay.  

The career fair is possible because of the combined support of The Roane Alliance, Roane County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Roane County Schools, Roane State Community College, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman and the many participating businesses.

The Chamber is a partner in The Roane Alliance — Roane County’s economic development organization.

The partners who operate under the Alliance umbrella along with the Chamber include the Industrial Development Board and Visitors Bureau.