Brevard’s Take Stock in Children Program “Hosted a Highly Successful 1st Annual Career Expo”

There was possibly some skepticism in the air, when the Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program manager and her staff boldly began the preparation to bring students from the TSIC and AVID programs together to experience an unprecedented career expo supported by community volunteers, career professionals, mentors and parents.  However, in keeping with the magnificent accomplishments of Brevard’s TSIC program staff, they landed a highly successful career expo on November 8, 2014 at Viera High School.
Fortunately, Viera High School’s cafeteria provided adequate space and resources for the 51 career cluster exhibitors and for the crowd of TSIC & AVID students, their mentors, their parents and the community’s village of support staff who ensured a smooth and functional event.  The participants totaled well over 350; many of whom stood in line 30 minutes before the career expo started primarily due to the impressive list of career cluster representatives.   The eighteen represented career clusters were: (1) agriculture, food and natural resources, (2) Architecture and Construction, (3) Arts, A/V Technology & Communications, (4) Business Management & Administration, (5) Education & Training, (6) Finance, (7) Government & Public Administration, (8) Health, (9) Hospitality & Tourism, (10) Human Services, (11) Information Technology, (12) Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security, (13) Manufacturing, (14) Marketing, (15) Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), (16) Transportation, Distribution & Logistics, (17) U.S. Armed Forces and (18) CareerSource Brevard (NextGen).
The afternoon’s atmosphere was energized with the buzz of students, parents and mentors visiting with the various career cluster exhibitors, while students gained insightful information on potential careers for their future.  Some common questions students asked the career cluster exhibitors related to educational requirements, work hours, length of training, salary and promotion opportunities.  Also, there was the excitement of possibly winning one of several door prizes from the generous donors and sponsors who were Cinema World, Community Credit Union, Computers Advancing Education, Pepsi Bottling Company, Sam’s Club, SchoolWheels Direct, Tron’s Auto & Towing and Viera High School.  The program also provided pizza, dessert and beverages for all participants.
The Career Expo organizer, Ms. Amie Harris, who is also the Program Manager for Brevard’s TISC program shared, “I have always shared my mantra when meeting with our TSIC students, which is ‘This is your life; your education. Take the bull by the horns, and own it like a boss!’  Not only did they own it today, but they made me, my staff and our village of volunteers so extremely proud of their participation, their interest in the career clusters and their demonstrated ownership of their future.”  Another observer, Patty Martin, Brevard Schools Foundation Board Member, commented, “I was very impressed with the Career Expo on Saturday for Take Stock in Children students.  The turnout was even beyond very high expectations, but all was handled smoothly and gracefully.  Talking with the students was delightful – they were articulate, courteous and focused.”
Ms. Harris and her staff expressed their deepest appreciation for the assistance they received from Brevard’s village of volunteers.  Truly, volunteers make it happen!  Please contact Ms. Harris if you are interested in becoming a TSIC mentor or volunteer.  She has a 5K Walk/Run scheduled for December 6, 2014 at the Wickham Park Pavilion that needs volunteers.  All proceeds will go towards the TSIC program and towards the purchase of student scholarships.  Ms. Harris can be contacted at harris.amie@brevardschools.org.






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