It’s never too early to being preparing for the future. On Thursday, Oct. 9, ninth graders from every school in Jackson County will attend the Career Exploration Opportunities (CE0) Expo, held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

The purpose of the CEO Expo is to create awareness of career options among students and educators as well as help give local businesses and industries the skilled workforce need to sustain and grow.

The first Expo was held in 2011. Cathy Mitchell,  executive director of the IMPACT Learning Center, said the program is one of the steps in an organized plan of selecting a career and beginning career preparation.

Students will have a chance to learn more about fields such as manufacturing/ transportation/distribution and logistics; health science/human services/education and training; architecture/construction; law public safety/corrections and security/government and public administration; STEM/Info, Tech/Arts, AV Technology and Communication/Agriculture/Food and Natural Resources and finance/business management and administration/marketing/hospitality and tourism.

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