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Career Development Coordinators Create Virtual Career Fair

Here is the link to the Virtual Fair. After using your WS/FC Schools email to sign in, you can scroll down to different topics.

Career 2 By Mary Bergstone

School to Career Coordinator

Career and Technical Education

JANUARY 12, 2021 - Career Development Coordinators (CDCs) usually conduct career fairs at their schools each year, in response to meeting the needs of all students to be College and Career Ready and in support of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools district goals of increasing the graduation rate and decreasing the achievement gaps.

This year, because of the pandemic, the CDCs got together and created a virtual experience for their students. Karrie Tuttle at Parkland High set up the site, and all the CDCs contacted businesses to provide videos and Katie Tuttle at Reynolds added the links.

The WS/FCS 2020 Virtual Career and College Fair premiered on Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. The Career Development Coordinators at each high school went into Career and Technical Education classes and introduced students to the fair. The emojis on the opening screen contain links to career assessments, resume building tips, NCcareers.org, the College Foundation of North Carolina.

Students can view videos submitted by various businesses and learn about career pathway opportunities in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and surrounding areas. There are also video links to many N.C. colleges and universities, as well as some out-of-state schools. On these video links, representatives are discussing their admission process and academic programs.

During the first day of the release, Kim Hayes, CDC at West Forsyth High School, said “I'm already getting lots of positive feedback from my staff. One of my CTE teachers created a simple student activity and math teacher put it into a Google form for my staff to use today as an asynchronous lesson. (I'm loving the collaboration among departments).”

All students in grades 9-12 should take some time to explore this virtual fair.  Students can watch the videos and learn all they can about career pathways and industries that interest them. It is never too early or too late to begin planning for the future regardless of what direction a student decides to take. Students might even find part-time job opportunities for employment while in high school and full-time job opportunities for those seniors looking to enter the workforce upon graduation.  

There is no registration required. You do need to use your WS/FC Schools email to sign in. Here is the link to the Virtual Career Fair. After using your WS/FC Schools email to sign in, you can scroll down to different topics.

The CDCs that worked on this are:

Adam Carter at Walkertown

Van Cockerham at East Forsyth

Meisha Conrad at Carver

Kristin Fulcher at Reagan

Carl Glenn at Glenn

Nancy Harris at Kennedy

Kim Hayes at West Forsyth

Andy Muse at Mount Tabor

Marcus Neal at Atkins

Karrie Tuttle at Parkland

Katie Tuttle at Reynolds

Tammy Winchester at North Forsyth