Author: Cal Day, KOTV News on 6
Published: Thursday, 11 Mar 2021
TULSA, Okla. - Nearly 10,000 Oklahoma middle school students will take part in a virtual career fair through Junior Achievement Oklahoma’s Inspire program on Thursday. More than 4,000 of those students are from the Tulsa metro. The career fair traditionally happens in person but has switched to a virtual format this year. Paycom, Arvest, Hillcrest Medical Center and Tulsa Tech are some of the more than 65 businesses that will be giving insight and answering questions students may have.
Organizers said middle school students are ideal for this opportunity so they can plan on taking appropriate high school courses that will set them up for future success.
“We are looking to inspire young people to really start thinking about their future, to plan for their future,” said Erica Irvine, Junior Achievement Oklahoma Vice President of Operations. “The point really is to expose them to things they really might not know about.”
Another 20,000 Oklahoma students are scheduled to take part in the virtual career fair over the next three months.
Diane Dang, Assistant Principal
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Finance Park Student
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JA Finance Park Volunteer
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Jay Calhoun, JA Alumni & JA Tulsa Board Member
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