Area eighth graders learn about opportunities at 10th annual Career and College Expo


WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 12, 2017) – More than 800 eighth graders from 21 area public schools explored future career and education opportunities at the 10th annual Career and College Expo in McAlester.

The event was organized by Eastern Oklahoma State College, Kiamichi Technology Centers, McAlester Public Schools, the City of McAlester and East Central University.

Anne Brooks, dean of Eastern’s McAlester campus, said the event is a hands-on experience designed to get eighth grade students to think about their future education and career goals and take the necessary steps now to work toward them.

Organizers solicit businesses and organizations to help introduce students to a new education or career choice that maybe they hadn’t previously considered. Exhibitors share a variety of information including the education and training needed for specific jobs and advice for students interested in a career field. Most exhibitors provide hands-on activities and interaction, such as practicing medical procedures on mannequins, trying on law enforcement gear, speaking on air during a live radio broadcast or playing a financial literacy game.

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