Students to attend career expo Wednesday

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System wants more students to be prepared for life after high school and college at an early age.

In order to help the students better prepare for a post-secondary education or career, the school system is partnering with the Newton County Chamber of Commerce and DeKalb Technical College to hold a career expo, which will showcase area businesses and schools, much like a job fair.

The Newton County Schools Career Expo will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at DeKalb Technical College, located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway in Covington.

"Preparation is critical to students," said Cynthia Marvel, career-related education and youth apprenticeship coordinator for NCSS. "All students should be thinking about jobs at an earlier age than before. A better knowledge of all career and educational opportunities will allow (students) to make better and informed decisions."

Mostly interested juniors and seniors from the area high schools will be taken over to the fair at some point during the day Wednesday for about one and a half hours to visit the dozens of featured businesses and schools at the expo.

"We'll provide a list of groups present for (the students) to look over. We ask them to choose two or three to talk to for an extended period of time and to catch others if they have time," Marvel said. "Employers will have displays and brochures; some will have working items that will be of interest to the students. We asked those (groups) present to have a demonstration or presentation that would be helpful so the students could see what is available to them."

Marvel said students should bring a questionnaire with them to the fair, so they remember what questions to ask representatives.

She said by the school system providing students with information about area businesses, she hopes the students will choose to return to Covington upon graduating from a post-secondary education.

"We're hoping to recruit more young people to work in this community, so they will reap the benefits of what we provided to them," she said. "It will make our community more globally competitive."

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.