It is so exciting . . . the boom in Career Fairs at local high schools allow students to discover local career opportunities and area businesses to meet the future workforce.

Each fair seems to offer its own twist as they try to provide students with the best experience and use of school time.

I can see how we might all work together to create a Career Fair Best Practices guide to combine all of our efforts to produce a Career Fair Superpower for our area.

Kudos to the variety and volume of business and education opportunities made available in St. Louis on November 20. But! My overall favorite thing was what you did in the Media Center.

Young professional St. Louis High School grads share dos and don'ts for success!
Young professional St. Louis High School grads share dos and don’ts for success! Very powerful messages!

A panel of guests, all St. Louis High School graduates, met in front of students to share what worked and didn’t work for them while they were in high school. They shared their “then and now” character traits and values that have made them feel successful at work and in life! It was very powerful coming from these young people and businesses would be proud and many surprised to hear them reflect the same traits and values you have been sharing with myself, each other, and educators over the past two years. VERY WELL DONE Andrea Biehl, Terri Reeves, and Erin Busch-Grabmeyer.

Kristi O"Boyle from Morbark turns on the smile for St. Louis students.
Kristi O’Boyle from Morbark turns on the smile for St. Louis students.
Aircraft Precision Products shares technology with St. Louis High School students.
Aircraft Precision Products brings their tools and technology to the table sharing with St. Louis High School students!
Consumers Energy wants students to know they hire more than just linemen.
Consumers Energy wants students to know they hire more than just linemen.
This HR Gal from Masonic Pathways and The Warwick  Living Center is really covering territory to encourage students with their Career Path choices.
There she is again! Nikki Sparks from Masonic Pathways and The Warwick Living Center is really covering territory at events across the area to encourage students with their Career Path choices.
Powell Fab speaks to their hometown crowd, encouraging them to learn and earn local!
Powell Fab speaks to their hometown crowd, encouraging them to learn and earn local!
Merrill Logo recognizing Career Fair participation
I didn’t get a picture of Merrill and Merrill Institute because of the long line of students wanting to try the virtual welder. But they deserve a mention here as being part of the A-Team of businesses answering the call to share opportunities with students across the entire region!