Career and College Expo at EOSC Helps Local Eighth-Graders Explore Future Options
Kiamichi Technology Center practical nursing students help a local eighth-grade student perform medical procedures on a
mannequin during the College and Career Expo in McAlester.
Police officer, nurse, photographer or mayor? It’s not every day that you get to try out different professions. Hundreds of local
students did just that, exploring a variety of career and education options at the sixth annual Career and College Expo on Oct. 25
The Career and College Expo is a hands-on experience designed to get eighth-grade students to think about their future education
and career goals and take the necessary steps now to work toward them. The event was organized by Eastern Oklahoma State College,
Kiamichi Technology Center, Pride in McAlester, McAlester Regional Health Center, McAlester Chamber Foundation, McAlester Public Schools, The City of McAlester, and EOSC GEAR UP for Success.
Dr. Janet Wansick, dean of Eastern’s McAlester campus, said this was the sixth year for the Career and College Expo and the event continues to grow each year. More than 1,250 students from 34 schools attended this year, compared to approximately 700 students from 19 schools last year. Also, there were 72 exhibits from colleges, businesses and other organizations, up from 50 exhibits last year.
“This is a unique event that introduces local students to new education and career choices, as well as promotes the different professionals, organizations and industries in our region,” Wansick said. “We love to hear from students who discovered a new interest or career field and are now aware of what steps they need to take to plan for their future.”
Exhibitors shared a variety of information about their college, business or organization including the education and training needed for specific jobs and advice for students interested in a career field. Most exhibitors provided hands-on activities and interaction, such as practicing medical procedures on mannequins, taking photographs in a photo booth, trying on law enforcement and fire protection gear, and speaking on air during a live radio broadcast.
Students also participated in “Road Trip,” a game of life were they role-played making budgeting and lifestyle decisions such as paying bills, buying food and dealing with unexpected household expenses.
Schools participating in the event include Canadian, Crowder, Calvin, Hartshorne, Haywood, Indianola, Tannehill, Eufaula, Kiowa, Stuart, Panama, Whitesboro, Antlers, Savanna, Clayton, Moyers, Keota, McCurtain, Frink-Chambers, LeFlore, Wilburton, Red Oak, Bokoshe, Atoka, Buffalo Valley, Stringtown, Quinton, Rattan, Haileyville, Krebs, Talihina, Pittsburg, McAlester and Lakewood Christian.