Careers, choices to be shared at fair for students, adults

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

More than 60 organizations will share career and health information with students and the public at the Vance County Community Resource Fair, to be held on Thursday in the Southern Vance High School gymnasium.

Sponsored by the Vance County Cooperative Extension Center and Vance County Schools’ Career and Technical Education Department, the event will offer a look at jobs in areas as varied as agriculture, nutrition, youth activities and community development.

“We’re bringing various agencies together to show our citizens, especially our youth, what resources are available in our community,” said Morris White, director of the Vance County Cooperative Extension Center.

He said he hopes the resource fair will be an annual event.

The fair will be open to students from Vance County high schools and middle schools during the day. It will be open to the public after school hours.

Bob Etheridge, executive director of the N.C. Farm Service Agency, will make the keynote address at 3:30 p.m.

Workshops will focus on Cooperative Extension’s four program areas: agriculture, community rural development, family consumer sciences and 4-H youth development.

Good nutrition and healthy meals will be the focus of workshops conducted by Steven McCray, a chef from Charlotte, and Shewana McSwain, nutrition outreach coordinator at N.C. A&T University.

“The resource fair will expose students to what is available in the community,” said Willa Clark, director of career and technical education for Vance County Schools. “They’ll have a chance to tour the vendors and ask questions. I think it will be an eye opener for the community as well.”

Turner Pride, the 4-H extension agent, said the resource fair will offer information to help young people adapt to the ever-changing workforce.

“I’m proud of anything we can do to promote agriculture and get as many people involved as possible to let them know where their food comes from,” said Thomas Shaw, president of Vance County Farm Bureau. “There are a lot of occupations related to agriculture. You don’t have to be a farmer.”

More information is available at vance.ces.ncsu.edu/vance-county-community-resource-fair or by contacting the extension office at (252) 438-8188.

 

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