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More than 700 Cherokee County students will spend Wednesday exploring different opportunities for their futures at the second annual Upstate College & Career Showcase.
During the 2-day showcase, students from Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties will gather information about various careers and local colleges at the Spartanburg Community College Tyger River Campus.
A resume-sharing session was added this year for high school seniors from local career technology centers and college students from SCC and USC Upstate. High school students will be able to meet with showcase vendors to share their resumes and explore current job opportunities available with area companies.
“This will provide high school students in our CATE (Career and Technology Education) courses with exposure to as many as 30 companies,” said Amanda Painter, Cherokee County School District secondary education coordinator. “Cherokee Technology Center students will be dressed for interviews. It’s quite possible several students could leave with a cooperative learning opportunity or job shadowing experience with a company.”
Middle and high school students will see demonstrations of state-of-the-art robotics, machine tool equipment and a variety of other items such as an excavator from Kobelco and a Timken-sponsored car from the NASCAR circuit.
The college and career showcase is organized by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Upstate Regional Education Center Board and Upstate Workforce Investment Board. The event was created to enlighten students about the importance of academic achievement and how it might impact their careers.
"The goal of the showcase is to highlight the amazing opportunities our local industries and businesses offer our students and how they can prepare now to obtain high-skilled, high-paying jobs in their own backyard after high school and college graduation," said Cherie Pressley, event chair and regional advisor for Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties with the SC Department of Commerce.
Cooper Standard will bring Tyler Reddick, professional stock car driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to the showcase. Reddick will sign autographs and have photos at his car, #29 MFG Day Keselowski Racing Ford F-150.
The showcase highlights the National Manufacturing Day celebration on Oct. 7.