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September 2, 2016—In partnership with The Schools Foundation, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, the College & Career Fair is a two-day event that serves more than 6,000 high school juniors and seniors from across our three Madison County school districts (Huntsville City, Madison City and Madison County). The Fair was graciously presented by Lockheed Martin and held at the UAH Fitness Center. Click HERE for a list of schools who participated.
“One of our priorities is working to ensure that students understand the vast career opportunities available to them in our community and the pathways to obtain them. This event allows companies to engage with students, teachers and counsellors to help prepare students for the future,” said Lyndsay Ferguson, Director of Workforce at the Chamber. “Our business community understands the importance of that and I'm excited by the vast array of career pathways represented here today”
An important experiential education program aimed at promoting high-demand careers and their associated educational pathways, the College & Career Fair also introduces employers to their future workforce. The fair provides students with solid insight into local career opportunities across 16 different Career Clusters, ranging from advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, government, nonprofit, gaming, finance – and everything in-between.
"The greater Huntsville area is a knowledge-driven economy and is powered by intellectual talent," said UAH President Robert Altenkirch. "It's crucial that every student be given the opportunity to develop their education beyond high school and to pursue opportunities that will lead to supporting the corporations and federal agencies that are the foundation of our economy."
By partnering with local businesses, the College & Career Fair provided expanded perspective to students while giving businesses direct access to future employees. This event is truly the front line of employee recruitment and provides a way to attract and retain our students for a long-term future in the Tennessee Valley. A list of Chamber exhibitors and sponsors follows…