OKANOGAN — The 2018 Okanogan County Career Connections EXPO at the Okanogan County Fairground Agriplex is shaping up to be a big event, with more than 75 vendors confirmed and some new representatives scheduled to appear.

The event, hosted by WorkSource Okanogan and North Central Washington Career Connections with the North Central Educational Service District and Career Connect Washington, will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon for high school students throughout Okanogan County.

Nine schools will be attending, with more than 600 students confirmed.

“This will be the career fair of career fairs,” said Marcus Alden, a job training counselor with WorkSource Okanogan. “It’s going to be outstanding for the students in Okanogan County.”

“A large number of the vendors are STEM focused and cover a broad range of in-demand industries including health care, information technology, construction, agriculture, life sciences, utilities, aerospace and advanced manufacturing,” said WorkSource Okanogan’s Kristi O’Neill. “All vendors have been encouraged to provide engaging activities for the students.

Students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from four-year universities along with community colleges, trade schools, the military and apprenticeships.

Employers from some larger companies outside the area. Representatives from Boeing, Microsoft, Asplundh AeroTec and the Port of Moses Lake will be available to talk with kids about their career pathways along with local career professionals.

O’Neill reported those attending include a midwife, naturopath, speech therapist, unmanned systems operator, medical simulation technician, digital, chef, financial adviser, accountant, photographer, dentist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, librarian, athletic trainer, lawyer, marketing manager, public relations specialist, early childhood education teacher, boilermaker, CDL truck driver, EMT, lineman, computer technician, computer programmer, systems technician, distribution engineer, fire fighter, DOT engineer and maintenance, police officer and others.

“Our hope is to have someone there for every student’s career interest,” said O’Neill. “We are also still looking for more local business representatives, particularly from the automotive industry.”

More information or to schedule attendance as an exhibitor is available from O’Neill at kroneill@esd.wa.gov or 509-826-7555.

The Okanogan County Fairground Agriplex is at 175 Rodeo Trail in Okanogan.

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