The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, Scott Air Force Base STEAM Advisory Group, and the Regency Conference Center hosted its 9th Annual 8th Grade Career Exploration Fair on May 2, 2019. 600+ eighth-graders from across O’Fallon and Shiloh public and private schools attended the fair.
Carrie Hruby, District 90 Superintendent, explains the career fair “provides an excellent opportunity for students to explore careers, interview business leaders, and set goals for their career aspirations.”
Dale Sauer, Shiloh School District Superintendent, further explains, “What has been created through the partnerships and collaboration of many is a remarkable opportunity for our students entering into their first year of high school. The chance to interact with over 60 professionals in various occupations is not available through any other venue. Shiloh students and staff are very grateful to have access to and be a part of this event.”
Jackye Biehl, First Baptist Academy, says, “Our students love this chance to connect with professionals in all areas and explore opportunities available in the different career fields. It is an amazing event and one that is valued by students and our staff.”
Education Committee Chair Dave Hopkins believes, “Our business community has always been very generous with their time when it comes to the youth in our area. I think our presenters enjoy this event as much as the students. We are very proud of this career fair and what it has turned into. The feedback we have received shows this event truly has a positive influence on some of the career choices being made.”
Chamber Director Debbie Arell-Martinez tells us, “This event is truly the result of the partnership between the business community and the local schools. This event really does make a difference in the lives of these students, giving them access to careers they may never have been heard of before – our career fair could very well be the start of a dream.”
Chamber President Sid LeGrand thanks “the many career presenters in helping these young people understand the professions and careers that are available to them. Thank you to all of the young people for their professional attire and professionalism conduct throughout the day!”
Pictures from the event will soon be available at OFallonChamber.com.
Many thanks to this year’s sponsors as this event could not happen without their continued support: Scott Air Force Base STEAM Advisory Group, Junior Achievement, Memorial Hospital Network, HSHS – St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, First Baptist Academy, Adventures in Cuisine, HSHS Medical Group, 1818 Chophouse, Bella Milano, and the Regency Conference Center.