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From High School to High Demand Jobs, CTE Pathways Pave the Way in the Highlands Region

Updated: May 11, 2023

The Highlands Economic Partnership recently hosted a highly successful career fair for graduating high school seniors who pursued Career and Technical Education (CTE) paths. The event was aimed at providing the students with an opportunity to meet with potential employers and explore career options in the local Highlands region. The event was a huge success, with over 20 companies participating and more than one hundred 'ready to work' students in attendance. The career fair not only provided an opportunity for the students to explore career options, but also helped the local companies to connect with potential employees.

In addition to the career fair, the Highlands Economic Partnership hosted a banquet to celebrate the graduating CTE seniors and their achievements. The banquet was attended by local business leaders, educators, and members of the community. The Highlands Economic Partnership made an intentional effort to celebrate the students and their achievements, highlighting the importance of education and workforce development in our community.

The Highlands Economic Partnership's initiatives to bolster the workforce pipeline and improve quality of life are evident in the efforts of supporting all CTE programs. Moving forward, we are doubling down in all four counties with career exploration. By hosting career fairs and banquets, the organization is working to create a strong connection between local businesses and the community. The organization recognizes the importance of providing opportunities for young people to explore career options and connect with potential employers, which is essential to building a strong and sustainable workforce pipeline.

A special thanks to ATC Automation and 'Grade A' Catering for their sponsorship of the dinner that was provided at the PCSS CTE banquet. We would also like to thank the businesses that attended both the CTE Job Fair and the CTE banquet. Lastly, thank you to the school systems for your dedication to advancing the CTE programs at all high schools in the Highlands region. You are creating generation change for families across the region and directly impacting the quality of life for thousands of students that go through the CTE pathway.

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