Amidst all of the testing that will be under way at The Dalles Wahtonka High School next week, the school will also be hosting dozens of local professionals to conduct its annual career fair on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Freshman and seniors not busy agonizing over answer sheets will spend their morning seeing nine different speakers whose presentations are designed to get students thinking about the world of possibilities that await them post-graduation.
“When you’re a teen, your life and your perspective are defined by your interests and friends and having fun… you don’t think very much about your future life as being tied to a career,” said TAG coordinator and director of the North Wasco Virtual Academy, Lynden Evans, the event’s main organizer.
The point is to “bring in real people from local businesses” and “educate students about what could be potential career choices for them later on,” he said. “It’s a great way to give students a snapshot of the local economy.”
This year’s speakers, Evans reports, range from professionals belonging to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Insitu, the juvenile court system and the local fire department.
Giving teens a chance to look beyond the interests of today is what makes events like this so important, he said.
“It helps take away that immediate perspective and replace it with an idea of what their lives could be like in the next five years.”
The fair is from 8 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at The Dalles Wahtonka High School. For more information, contact Lynden Evans at (541) 506-3449, extension 3303.