Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Edmonson County High School welcomed dozens of businesses back to set up tables and booths for the 2021 ECHS Career Fair. The event was sponsored by the Edmonson County of Chamber of Commerce.
ECHS JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) teacher Kyle Pierce said the school was very excited to have the event back in the gym.
"My job is to try to get as many career opportunities in front of our kids as I can so I reached out to Greg Hudson at the Chamber of Commerce back in mid-October and asked him how we could get a career or job fair back to the high school since it had been a while since we were able to do this," said Pierce. "Greg did a great job with our local businesses and I had some good connections through athletics and our school, and the combination resulted in a great turnout for today's event."
Pierce said the event gives students knowledge not only about a multitude of careers, but also careers with local faces with good connections with the kids.
"I look around and see some of our kids that might be more reserved finding interest in different careers and they're really interacting in positive ways," he said. "Others have made their way around a couple of times and are checking everything out. Hopefully, we can do this again next year and promote the event even sooner for an event that continues to grow."
Chamber of Commerce Director Hudson said he was pleased to help coordinate the event.
"These are exactly the types of events that the Chamber wants to see in our community," he said. "It's great networking for our local businesses, it's helps our strong relationships with our schools, and it gives the kids insight into careers available in our area. This is just one of the many ways your local Chamber is working here in Edmonson County."
(Note: The Edmonson Voice was asked to participate in today's event; however, we were unable to set up a booth today due to a very busy Wednesday with all our staff members either working in the field or the office.)