MERIC and OA Go Back to School
The Thomas Jefferson Middle School Gymnasium will be turned into a career carnival with games, speakers, and online career assessments April 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m, courtesy of MERIC and the Office of Administration's (OA) Office of Supplier & Workforce Diversity. The fair will offer 6th, 7th and 8th grade students information and inspiration as speakers from a wide spectrum of professions share their expertise, experience and educational backgrounds. Students will also have the opportunity to take instant on-line assessments to learn how their interests, abilities and personalities relate to career choices - and maybe win some cool prizes, too.
Says Gail Jones, Assistant to the Director of Supplier & Workforce Diversity, "Middle school is a crucial time in pre-teenagers' lives to start thinking about the career paths they will initiate in high school and carry through their professional lives. We hope this fair will jump-start their thinking, and we encourage every parent and middle schooler in Jefferson City to come to this fair, learn about themselves and their career path."
Scheduled speakers include:
- OA's Director of Supplier & Workforce Diversity Donna M. White on how to start your own business
- Broker Charles Stone of Stone Realty
- Gary Wilbers, founder & president of Mid-America Wireless
- Kathy Jeffries of the Nichols Career Center
- A representative from the MO$T (Missouri Saving for Tuition) program, a tax-deferred college savings program designed to help Missouri families save to meet the increasing costs of college
- Plus representatives from today's hottest industries, including dentistry, electrical work and carpentry
See you there!