What is Worlds of Work (WOW)? WOW is a hands on, interactive expo with activities across ten worlds. It is designed to help students make smart choices for their future and encourage them to finish school. The desired outcome is to improve high school graduation rates and de-velop career interests among students to move their communities for-ward with workforce ready graduates.
· Why Worlds of Work? The purpose of the Expo is to create aware-ness about exciting career option among students and educators while addressing worforce needs in the region. Existing employers in the re-gion continue to have unfilled job openings due to a shortage of skilled workers. Employers face shortages over the next few years due to the retirement of up to 50% of their workforce.
· Who is Worlds of Work for? 8th grade students from Calhoun County, Clay County, Cleburne County, Talladega County, Randolph County and Gadsden City Schools will attend. Two sessions will be open to any 11th and 12th grade students, interested parents, career coaches and school counselors. Approximately 3,200 students will attend this year’s WOW.
· What worlds will be represented? Agriculture, Automotive & Manufacturing, Communications, Construction, Energy & Utilities, Engi-neering, Healthcare, Hospitality & Tourism, Public Service and Transpor-tation.
· When and Where will WOW be this year? WOW is going to be March 7-9 at the Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford, AL.