BlairBASICS a program of the Blair County Chamber
Eighth Grade Career Fair - April 2018 Each year, eighth grade students at seven area schools - Bellwood-Antis, Claysburg-Kimmel, Hollidaysburg Area, Spring Cove, Williamsburg, Tyrone, and Altoona-Johnstown Diocese participate in a Career Fair in which representatives from area businesses come to the schools on a date designated by each individual school to impart career information. Most schools create panels to interact with large groups of students, a couple still have business people visit the classrooms in small groups to explain what the career is, what level of education/training is required to perform the career duties and how much the career pays in the local job market. When the Career Fair is completed, students are required to write an essay in a particular career that caught their attention. The guidance counselors at each school rate the essays on content and overall interest and then submit the best three to the Chamber. Members of the BASICS Committee then select the best overall essay from each school and the student who wrote the winning essay is invited to the Chamber Breakfast Club in May (along with their parents and their guidance counselors) to receive a certificate and a $50 gift card.
BASICS/Rotary Career Fair At the end of April each year, all high school sophomores at ten local schools - Altoona Area, Bellwood-Antis, Bishop Guilfoyle, Central, Claysburg-Kimmel, Glendale, Hollidaysburg Area, Northern Bedford, Tyrone and Williamsburg are invited to participate in a Career Fair held at the Blair County Convention Center. Students can choose from among nearly 80 career categories to help them to better understand what those careers are about and the type of preparation required to pursue them. Prior to the career fair, each student designates four career interests and are then scheduled to meet with businesses and organizations representing those interests. Each career visit takes twenty minutes to complete. The event is co-sponsored by the BASICS Committee and the six Blair County Rotary Clubs. The BASICS/Rotary Career Fair is considered the step in the career pathway just prior to Career Shadowing.
Blair County Chamber of Commerce Devorris Center for Business Development | BASICS | 3900 Industrial Park Drive, Suite 12 | Altoona, PA 16602 p: 814.943.8151 | f: 814.943.5239

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