The Tippecanoe School Corporation is hosting a Trades, Industry and Career Expo at its high schools to give students an opportunity to explore options after graduation. Representatives from businesses, unions and other organizations talked to juniors and seniors and provided them with information on possible positions. The event is April 17 at Harrison High School and April 18 at McCutcheon High School.
"We recognize that not all of our students are planning on pursuing a traditional 4-year college education," says Harrison Counselor Sara Lynn. "We also recognize that employers within our community have a need for a talented workforce. We wanted to bridge the gap and make connections with our community members."
Organizers say the goal is to partner with local employers and trade representatives to promote different careers and positions to students. "We hope that all of our students will benefit from this experience, not just our students who are heading directly into the workforce," Lynn says. "Students may learn about entry level full-time and part-time positions, summer positions, internships, and post-baccalaureate positions."
Participating organizations include Cook Biotech, Inc., KA Components, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 157, SIA, Tippecanoe School Corporation and Gaylor Electric.
McCutcheon High School Interdisciplinary Cooperative Educator Corrdinator Jeremy Bloyd says the idea for the expo came from the creator of a digital platform called, GoFindBuild. "Iris Goldfeder is a consultant who is collaborating with a variety of local skilled trades businesses," says Bloyd. "The GoFindBuild platform is a networking portal free to students/employees who are looking to find employers within the trades."
More than 20 employers are expected at the expo.