Area students learn about career options at CEO Expo

B.A. Little
Southern Torch Staff

On October 10th, more than 760 ninth graders from Jackson County Schools and Scottsboro City Schools descended on the VFW Fairgrounds in Scottsboro for the 9th annual CEO (Career Exploration Opportunities)  Expo. 

The Expo started in 2011 and has grown significantly. This year, 92 booths were set up allowing the students to actively participate in a variety of  career activities. This year the following career clusters were represented:

  • Manufacturing/Transportation/Distribution & Logistics
  • Health Science/Human Services/Education & Training
  • Architecture/Construction
  • Law Public Safety/Corrections & Security/Government & Public Administration
  • STEM/Info Tech/Arts, AV Technology & Communication/Agriculture/Food & Natural Resources
  • Finance/Business Management & Administration/Marketing/Hospitality & Tourism

Cathy Mitchell, Director of the Impact Center, referenced the history of the initial inception on .

“ The program is one of the steps in an organized plan of selecting a career and beginning career preparation. By allowing students the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities related to a number of careers, students not only get a feel for what career suits them best but also become engaged in planning for their futures.”

“After witnessing the success of this hands-on career fair, we believe it is essential that we continue to offer this opportunity to the youth in Jackson County.

Business and industry leaders, workforce development and career representatives, along with school representatives are collaborating and partnering to make this event bigger and better each year.

This event will be crucial to influencing the workforce of tomorrow by educating students today on the vast availability of careers in our Northeast Alabama region. We are confident you will agree when you see the program for yourself!”

Partners in the CEO expo that help make this possible:

IMPACT Learning Center
Jackson County Economic Development Authority
Northeast Alabama Community College
Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce
First Southern State Bank
Ernest Pruett Center of Technology (EPCOT)
Scottsboro City Schools
Special Thanks to VFW Post 6073 and American Legion Post 30 and over 50 volunteers.