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DCPS, OCTC partnering to host virtual program fair

In Education, Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

OWENSBORO, Ky. — Daviess County Public Schools is partnering with Owensboro Community & Technical College to host a virtual Admissions and Career Program fair for the region. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, 2021, and will be hosted on the DCPS Google Meets platform. Interested families should register for the event online at https://forms.gle/wunJkuPKqwc8Ai7N8. Those registered will receive a link to the virtual event.

Amanda Jerome, DCPS College & Career Readiness Coordinator, led the charge for the event.

“This has been such an unusual time for everyone,” she said. “We want to encourage all our students to keep moving forward and give them the opportunity to learn about all the career program options available to them.”

Jerome is also excited about sharing this opportunity with all the students in our region. The event is open to any interested student in grades 10-12.

“This event is limited to the first 200 pre-registered participants, but we are willing to add another event if there is interest. Everyone in our region benefits when we all work together, which is great for our community.”

Dr. Stacy Edds-Ellis, OCTC dean of academic affairs, added, “We are grateful for the partnership and generosity of DCPS and look forward to working together to serve more families as we navigate this new environment in a virtual format.”

The event will include the opportunity to learn about specific services including admissions, financial aid and transfer opportunities. Breakout sessions will feature service areas and program breakouts based on career sectors, including advanced manufacturing, business/IT and public services, construction/transportation, and healthcare careers.

Each program sector at OCTC has a Success Coach to personally assist students. They will be on hand to provide an overview of each program and the credentials offered within those areas. Program faculty will be available to answer questions and discuss employment opportunities available regionally. Each of the breakouts will be repeated so students and their families may attend multiple sessions of interest.

“It is vital that we keep encouraging our young people to persevere during the pandemic,” said OCTC president Dr. Scott Williams. “We can’t let them delay their dreams. We want them to emerge from this ready for their future, wherever that path leads.”

DCPS Superintendent Matt Robbins said, “One of the blessings of the pandemic is that it has inspired us to work together even more for the betterment of our students and the Commonwealth. We are appreciative of this opportunity to strengthen our partnership with OCTC.”

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