Eastman Chemical Company is hosting 1,100 eleventh grade students this week at the 3rd Annual Career Expo in the Toy F. Reid Employee Center. The event is sponsored by Eastman, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement of the Tri-Cities.
The Career Expo was piloted in 2010 and received an overwhelmingly positive response by the attending students, teachers and business community volunteers.
“Eastman is committed to reinforcing the importance of education in our communities,” says Paul Montgomery, Eastman’s vice president of community relations. “This event encourages students to consider not only career opportunities, but also to realize the importance of making the right decisions along the way.”
Representatives from area businesses are hosting various stations such as banking, life insurance, utility and child care costs, and health care. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss their future career paths. Presentations will be given on work ethics, cyber-bullying/netiquette, salary expectations/careers and interview skills.
The students are also participating in the “Real Life 101” interactive game, which challenges students with real life experiences and tough decisions. Much like The Game of Life® by Milton Bradley, “Real Life 101” will ask the students to make life choices and budget decisions based on their career choice. After completing the activity, students have the opportunity to discuss their decisions and what they learned.
The event will be held November 13 – 16 from 8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eight local high schools are participating this year—Daniel Boone, Dobyns-Bennett, Sullivan Central, Sullivan East, Sullivan North, Sullivan South, Tennessee High and Volunteer.
For more information about the 11thGrade Career Fair, please visit www.puttingchildren1st.com.