Taken from Sept. 23, 2012 The Daily Sentinel, Opinion section
Going beyond high school
Businesses can help to build stronger workforce
A future Nacogdoches County with a competent workforce and low unemployment requires convincing today’s young people to further their education beyond high school.
Statistics show that workers who only had a high school diploma in 2011 were two times as likely to be unemployed as a worker with a college degree, according to FaceTheFactsUSA.org.
The Bureau of Labor statistics predicts the disparity between those with higher education and those with a high school education to grow. By 2018, the BLS says nearly two-thirds of all job openings will require at least a bachelor’s degree. Compare that to one-third of the jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree in 2008.
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce continues to grow it’s efforts for raising an educated workforce with the help of a large group of area leaders, including Stephen F. Austin State University, the City of Nacogdoches, the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, Gen TX, Gear Up, The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches County United Way and all of the county’s school districts.
Building on the success of last February’s Download the Future Career Exploration Fair, which reached almost 700 Nacogdoches County eighth graders, the partners are uniting to offer the event again.
The 2012-13 eighth-graders will get insight into careers and reasons to get a higher education, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, at the Stephen F.
Austin State University William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The career exploration fair encourages the students to select high school degree plans, beginning with their freshman year, that will meet the needs of their career interests.
Once again, businesses are needed to man the tables and talk about career opportunities in their respective fields with the students. The first fair covered a variety of careers ranging from police officer to cable installers to non-profits.
In a survey following the event, teachers and school administrators noted they would like to see the following professions represented at a future career fair: medical, insurance, manual trade, education, nursing, agriculture, cosmetology, welding and fabricating.
Please help fill the booths and share your unique skill set and how you arrived at your job with Nacogdoches County youth.
The career fair presents one avenue to show local youth what their futures could hold when they select the right education path.
Be a part of building Nacogdoches County’s future workforce.
For more information, contact Barbara Holl at the chamber, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 560-5533.
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