Aiken High School junior Keavaeh H. wants to be a nurse, so she talked at length at the U.S. Marine Corps’ table, then headed over to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s table.
Her Aiken classmate Jermiya H. says she isn’t sure what she’d like to do after graduation, so stopping at just about every Career Expo table was her game plan.
“I’m still exploring. This is helpful,” Jermiya said.
Andy C., also an Aiken junior, found the U.S. Navy information interesting, then was drawn to chat with several large companies also at the Expo.
“I think I want to be a businessman. I want to work with a big company, and then start my own company,” Andy said.
Aiken was the first Cincinnati Public Schools’ high school to enter CPS’ Fifth Annual Career Expo when it opened October 31 at the Sharonville Convention Center. The event continues November 1, with students from CPS’ high schools arriving in buses to chat with representatives from businesses, colleges and universities, and the military.
Fifty-five CPS partners are represented at the Career Expo, ready to answer students’ questions about how to launch a career, and achieve their goals and dreams. Cincinnati Public Schools aims for all students to graduate ready for the next step — enrolled in higher education, enlisted in the military or employed in a career-starting job.
A sampling of Expo partners: Castellini, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Cintas, GE, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Silverton Fire Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, JTM Food Group, John R. Jurgensen Company, Microsoft, PNC Bank, Proctor & Gamble, Steinhauser, TriHealth and TriVersity Construction.
The adults at the tables hope to “plant a seed to get them interested,” said Kelly Moore, a recruiter for Butler Tech.
“This is a great event. It really gives students a variety of options all in one place,” Moore said.