Career Expo targets local middle school students

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- They are only in middle school, but thousands of local eighth grade students started thinking about potential careers because of seeds planted Thursday.

The Washoe County School District held its annual Career Expo November 8, 2018. It took place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. More than 5,000 students were invited to attend and meet with representatives from businesses and industries to learn more about the high-demand jobs and educational opportunities in our area. Tesla, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Microsoft and Renown were just some of the agencies and companies that had representatives on hand.

"We run the gamut from agriculture to welding, engineering and IT," said Dr. Dana Ryan, Director of Career and Technical Education for the Washoe County School District. "We are hopeful they take what they're learning today, go back to their classrooms and say, 'If I want to do that, what do I have to do today to get myself ready for that when I graduate from high school?'"

"There are so many middle school students who aren't sure what they're going to do yet, so seeing all the different things that you could do, it just helps a lot to show you the different paths," said Larissa Rorick, a Depoali Middle School student.

There were also hands-on workshops and presentations that the students could take part in. This was the fourth year of the event.