CCC’s 2014 Career Expo a Huge Success
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s 2014 Career Expo came to fruition after months of planning Friday and turned out to be a huge success.
The Expo, which included approximately 50 exhibitors and students from six area high schools, is an annual event hosted by CCC’s Division of Career and Technical Education. The goal of the free event, held in The Pinnacle on CCC’s campus, was to connect job seekers with employers as well as provide educational presentations and information to students and community members.
Lucas Richter, a sophomore at CCC, believes the Career Expo is extremely beneficial.
“For students coming in here, there’s just a Pandora’s box of information including different career opportunities and courses available at CCC…People who come to college and get a higher education or learn some type of skillset can proceed directly into the workforce because of events like these.”
Organizer Charles Butler, CCC’s Career and Technical Counselor, also pointed out the positives of the event.
“Everyone who came out has been given an increased opportunity to explore various career options and receive other valuable information. So far everything has turned out really well, …It has been a very successful endeavor,” said Butler. “Several people in the community have come by and expressed how thankful they were that we hosted an event of this nature. I’m very thankful for all the exhibitors who have come out, the various high schools for participating as well as CCC students, faculty, staff and administrator who have supported us. Last but not least, I’m very thankful to the various committee members who met on several occasions to help put together this event.”
The expo kicked off with a welcome from CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner, followed by expressions from Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett. High school students first enjoyed presentations on various topics. The presenters included Carla Ross of Southern Bancorp who spoke about money management; Renee Sanford, CCC’s Director of Counseling Services (Student Affairs), who discussed communication skills; and Brian James of CCC’s Workforce Development, who gave students a lesson on job interview skills.
Following the sessions, students were directed to the floor where they were given the opportunity to meet with various exhibitors and sign up for various employment and careers. Exhibitor seemed grateful to have the opportunity to be connected with young people and community members who were anxious to learn and advance in their careers. Among those exhibitors was Kalesia Vaughn, the district supervisor of Krystal, who’s expecting to open a restaurant in Clarksdale in mid-April.
“I think it’s really great to see young people come out to look for opportunities and avenues of what can happen in their careers,” said Vaughn.
Vaughn said she started her own career as a cashier at the restaurant worked her way up to become the general manager.
“I’m a testimony that if you work hard it will definitely pay off.”
To view more pictures from the Career Expo on CCC’s Facebook Page.