Regional Youth Forum to Draw Hundreds Of Aiken County, Barnwell County High School Students
By Press Release
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Nearly 250 high school seniors from Aiken County and Barnwell County public high schools will attend the 2014 Youth Forum at Aiken Technical College on March 25th, facilitated by the Lower Savannah Workforce Investment Area and the Lower Savannah Regional Education Center.
The Youth Forum, which will begin at 9 a.m., aims to give high school seniors who may not have plans after graduation a chance to learn about career opportunities in their communities and available tools and resources to prepare them for those careers.
This year’s forum theme is “Don’t Live One… Build One. Your Career, Your Life.”
“Eighty five percent of all jobs require some type of post-secondary education or training,” said Lower Savannah Regional Education Center Coordinator Joni McDaniel. “The annual Youth Forum allows high school seniors the opportunity to make the connection between continuing their education and career success as they hear shared presentations from successful professionals and Aiken Technical College instructors.”
The March 25 Youth Forum will provide information to students about careers in manufacturing, health sciences, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Public Safety.
The forum’s keynote speaker will be national youth speaker, author and career expert Brooks Harper, the author of “Why Should We Hire You?” and “7 Skills to Make Mill$.” The forum will also feature presentations by area industry professionals, including Monica Key of Bridgestone Americas, Jana James of Georgia Regents University Medical Center, Captain Eric Abdullah of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and Brad Swanson of Energy Solutions.
The industry speakers will be paired with faculty members from ATC’s manufacturing, health sciences, STEM and public safety areas, who will give presentations on programs offered at ATC to prepare students for their chosen career paths.
The youth forum is sponsored by: Lower Savannah Regional Education Center, Lower Savannah Workforce Investment Area Youth Council, Southern Carolina Alliance, Aiken/Edgefield Economic Development Partnership, Lower Savannah Council of Governments and Aiken Technical College.
The Aiken Youth Forum is one of two forums planned in the region this year. A second forum will be held at Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College on March 27th, and the goal is to reach 500 high school students between the two events.