GISD Student Career Expo Prepares Future Garland Workforce

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Approximately 700 high school juniors and seniors attended Garland ISD’s Student Career Expo Jan. 14 at the Curtis Culwell Center. In its inaugural year, the event featured representatives from 20 local businesses and three community colleges.

Career and Technical Education Director Phil Gilbreath helped organize the expo, which encouraged students to explore local career options.

“The Student Career Expo was developed to make students aware of the businesses and careers available within the community,” he said. “I think it is important that we look to do something like this every year. The event was a combined effort, involving several groups. Everybody made it a priority, so it was really a partnership effort.”

CTE, along with the Special Programs Department, the Guidance and Counseling Department, the Garland, Rowlett and Sachse Chambers of Commerce, and the Dallas County Community College District, planned and executed the career fair in record time—two months.

Garland Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Mayer spoke to students about the importance of the event before they interacted with potential employers.

“In my day, we went to school and then we went to work. Your generation is going to be so happy when you leave high school. You are going to learn and work at the same time,” he stated.

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Photo provided by Lakeview Centennial High School DECA  

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