Student Interest Piqued by Career Crunch
"What am I going to be when I grow up?" Area businesses and
non-profit organizations came to the UTC McKenzie Arena for Career Crunch,
a jobs fair for 3,800 eighth grade students from Hamilton County and North
UTC, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Hamilton County Schools,
IBEW and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce were among the sponsors
for the event, which provided information and insights for students about
prospective careers while also giving employers the opportunity to describe
to tomorrows workforce the preparation needed for future employment.
"Teachers were pleased that there was a good representation of educational
entities, so that the students could understand the link between educational
requirements and specific professions," according to Sandy Cole,
of the UTC Center for Community Career Education.
Students enjoyed the experience at the McKenzie Arena, according to Cole,
where there was plenty of room to move among the exhibits, watch demonstrations
and ask questions.