The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, in partnership with local workforce development boards and Tri-Agency partners, is hosting statewide career exploration events for middle and high school students as part of Careers in Texas Industries Week during September 25-30, 2017.
What is Careers in Texas Industries Week?
The week is designed to increase awareness among students, parents and counselors about the opportunities of in-demand careers in Texas industries. The events will enable students to explore careers and provide employers with opportunities to showcase the exciting and rewarding careers in their industries. Workforce Solutions Tarrant County will host an Industry Discovery Expo on September 29. Over 1,800 students are registered to attend, with companies representing industries from around the region set to participate in the event.
The aerospace industry’s leading innovators that make up Workforce Solutions’ DFW Regional Aerospace Consortium, such as Lockheed Martin and Airbus Helicopters will be represented at the expo. The Consortium will have a booth and is partnering with the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ aviation program to showcase the FLYBY DFW game app at the Expo. The FLYBY app was designed to generate interest in aerospace and aviation careers at the elementary, middle and high school level to build a local talent pipeline for employment opportunities. The game features aircraft from local aerospace companies and students earn points for answering aerospace and aviation trivia questions.
Students attending the event will be able to play the game and ask questions of the game designers and developers. “At Lockheed Martin, we believe the success we have experienced in talent recruitment starts at the middle- and high-school levels with career exploration events such as these,” said Jon Gustafson, Lockheed Martin Corporation Economic Development Lead.
“This stage of exploration and inquisitive questioning often leads to tomorrow’s innovation. I continue to be inspired and amazed by the talent within the DFW region. If you are not working with your local workforce board to help discover the talent in your area, I encourage you to reach out to them now!” Gustafson continued, “I would like to applaud the Texas Workforce Commission, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and other Tri-Agency partners for all the work that has gone into the Careers in Texas Industries Week.”
The Industry Discovery Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and some of the participants and activities include a live 3-D printer demonstration, opportunity to talk to recruiters from Lockheed Martin about STEM careers and an Airbus helicopter landing, where students will be able to explore and ask questions about the aviation industry. MedStar will have an ambulance on site to discuss medical careers. Kirkbooth photos will be on hand to take professional headshots for students, highlighting the importance of a professional headshot.
“Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County is proud to host our Industry Discovery Expo, on September 29 in recognition of Careers in Texas Industries Week. This is an opportunity for students to explore exciting in-demand career opportunities available to them in the DFW region,” said Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County Executive Director Judy McDonald. “What a competitive advantage we are providing our future workforce to network with some of the top employers and learn about career pathways and possible internship opportunities.”
Other statewide events include:
- Workforce Solutions Concho Valley
- Workforce Solutions Concho Valley is hosting their 26th Annual Business Expo and Career Connection where over 300 students are expected to attend. Students will have access to demos presented by industries and business that include Suddenlink Cable, wireless phone companies, nursing and a da Vinci robotic surgical system.
- Workforce Solutions of the Heart of Texas
- Workforce Solutions Heart of Texas is hosting over 700 students for their Yes! To Careers in Texas event. The event will feature a cyber café where students can access free Wi-Fi and review Texas Reality Check, Texas Career Check and the Texas Internship Challenge web portals.
- Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas
- Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas is hosting a “3-2-1…Careers in Action” video contest for middle and high school students who have interviewed employers, researched job skills, and filmed and edited videos highlighting top industry clusters. Contest finalists will be recognized at a red-carpet premiere featuring a screening of the winning films showcasing career clusters and occupations. Up to $15,000 in prizes will be awarded for winning entries. Prize money will go to sponsoring teachers for their classrooms. This is an opportunity for students and teachers to learn more about the necessary skills, training and certifications needed to pursue career in the filmmaking industry and be hired by local businesses.
Careers in Texas Industries Week will showcase available labor market information tools, including Texas Reality Check, Texas Career Check and Texas Internship Challenge, which assist youth in exploring career opportunities in different industries and plan for their futures. The Careers in Texas Industries Week website contains event information, outreach materials and links to career exploration tools. TWC will also connect students and educators with employers through the TWC blog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn webpages. For more information about Careers in Texas Industries Week, go to texasworkforce.org/careerstxindustries.