CULLMAN — Worlds of Work, a career expo designed for middle and high school students featuring top employers, is coming to Wallace State Community College’s coliseum in Hanceville on April 6-7. The expo will be hosted by North AlabamaWorks, Wallace State Community College, Cullman Economic Development Agency, Cullman County Economic Development, and the Cullman Chamber of Commerce.
The Worlds of Work Career Expo is a fun, educational, interactive, hands-on opportunity for students to learn about high-demand, high-wage career opportunities available close to home. WOW is designed to create awareness of exciting career options for students, while also addressing workforce needs in the region. WOW partners are working with county and city school systems in the Cullman County area to provide this unique educational experience for 3,500 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students.
Interactive displays from local companies and organizations will be on site, featuring industries such as agriculture, construction, business/finance, communications/marketing, cybersecurity/information technology, education/training, energy/utilities, healthcare, public safety, modern manufacturing, and transportation/logistics. See what WOW looks like by clicking here.
“We are so appreciative of our WOW partners, exhibitors, and volunteers for their dedication to local students,’’ says Stephanie McCulloch, Executive Director of North AlabamaWorks. “Whether it is teaching a student about an in-demand career option or connecting the employers with the younger generation, this event will make a difference in the Cullman County community.”
>For more information about the Worlds of Work event or to sign up as a participating company, visit northalabamaworks.com/wow/cullman
In 8th grade, students begin to explore career options, and in 9th and 10th grades they begin to plan career pathways. WOW provides an opportunity for students to understand the steps needed to pursue a particular career. WOW emphasizes high-paying career options available through career tech courses, dual enrollment, industry certifications, associate degrees, and on-the-job training that are attainable without the burden of college debt. Many companies offer apprenticeships to help fast-track students and develop their career paths.
WOW helps students explore local, in-demand career paths. By participating in WOW, companies can connect with 3,500 local students who will soon graduate. By encouraging them to pursue careers in our region, they are made aware of the opportunity to work successfully near home, which also ensures the future of local towns, businesses, and economies. These students will be Cullman County’s future workforce in just a few short years. It’s never too early to begin recruiting!