(June 3, 2019) – All seventh grade students in Washington County Public Schools will have the opportunity to attend the second annual Career Exploration Day at Hagerstown Community College on Thursday, June 6. The event is an OnTrack initiative, supported by a coalition of partners that includes Washington County Chamber of Commerce, WCPS, HCC, the Greater Hagerstown Committee, and the WCPS Education Foundation.
More than 1,600 students will be connected with more than 70 local business professionals from a variety of professions and industries to inspire them to pursue local careers. It will include careers that require a college degree as well as those in the trades. Students will be placed into two 30-minute sessions to hear from professionals in their industries of choice. More than 100 WCPS teachers and administrators, as well as volunteers from HCC and other businesses, will assist with the activities.
“As the workplace landscape changes and demand for skilled workers grows, it is imperative that we expose students to occupations and career opportunities available in our region.,” said Linda Mercurio, interim executive director for OnTrack. “By connecting students with local employers through career day presentations, we hope to ignite student interest and share the necessary coursework, training, certificates, and/or experiences required for employment in various fields and professions.”
Mercurio noted that Jacqueline Boese, a student from Western Heights Middle School, designed the winning logo for the drawstring bag that all students will receive. “This event exemplifies the power of community partnership in action. We are so grateful to our presenters, volunteers, and financial sponsors: Highland View Academy, Bushey Feight Morin Architects. Inc, Callas Contractors, Inc., Central Precision, Inc., Meritus Health, SEK, CPAs & Advisors,” Mercurio said.
OnTrack is a coalition of 40 independent community partners focused on improving the educational attainment levels of Washington County residents in order to strengthen the local economy and improve the community’s quality of life. Together they are working to create a cradle to career support system empowering citizens to acquire the educational or vocational training necessary for lifelong success. To learn more about OnTrack, visit www.ontrackwc.org. To learn more about the Career Exploration Day, contact Linda Mercurio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-739-2015.