TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - More than 4,000 eighth graders will get an interactive look at their future career options Thursday and Friday at World of Work in at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.
The expo showcases a range of high-wage careers that are available in West Alabama at varying levels of education. Worlds of Work features careers in energy and utilities; manufacturing; automotive and logistics; transportation; hospitality and tourism; engineering; public safety; and tourism.
"Now in its third year, WOW not only creates awareness, but also generates excitement about fulfilling career options among students and educators," Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, said in a release. "The expo also will help bring attention to industries that are facing a shortage of skilled workers. These employers face shortages over the next few years due to the retirement of up to 50 percent of their workforce."
Eighth grade students will attend the expo with their schools. High school students (with a parent or guardian) and college students are invited to attend Thursday from 2 - 7 p.m. One high school student in attendance at the event will be awarded a semester's tuition to either Shelton State Community College or Bevill State Community College.