Lakeview High School played host to 26 recruiters from universities across the south, industry partners, the armed services and technical colleges at its 2019 College and Career Fair on Sept. 24. After a light lunch and time to mingle with one another, the recruiters were able to set up displays and prepare for the 300 students who spent the afternoon asking questions and enjoying time focused on their next steps.
Traditionally geared toward college bound students, this was a College and Career Fair with a twist. Several recruiters were seeking students with interest in the trade industry, and they came prepared to talk business! International Paper spoke with students about specific Jumpstart pathways that lead to employment with their organization as well as the importance of the Work Keys test to their marketability. Nashville Auto Diesel College traveled from Tennessee to recruit high school students. The Academy of Interactive Entertainment was also on hand to offer students an interesting pathway beyond high school in the expanding field of interactive entertainment.
There was also a strong university presence at the fair. From LSU to ULM and McNeese and Southern University at Shreveport, there were several universities competing for time with the students. Armed with barcodes loaded with their personal information, the students could have their information scanned by a college recruiter in seconds and then begin discussing life beyond Lakeview.
Not to be left out, our armed services showed up and offered blended pathways–college and a career or straight to a career–you have both options with the military. Thank you to all the universities, colleges, industries, and armed services who sent representatives to the fair. We appreciate the time you invested in our students. The college and career fair, months in the making for a day that can change lives–Lakeview shines the light on the pathways to success!