Temple, TX- The Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC), Temple Chamber of Commerce and local industries partnered with the Temple Independent School District (TISD) for an 8th Grade Career Fair. The Career Fair has become an annual event that seeks to raise awareness about optional career clusters as well as opportunities to earn direct-to-work certifications and college credits while in high school.

“The Career Fair allows the students the opportunity of class demonstrations and interactive conversations with community business partners, which provide meaningful information for students to identify desired high school courses that will prepare them for future opportunities and future success.” said Temple EDC, Vice President, Charley Ayres. “This event is a perfect example of how Temple EDC and the Chamber can support the school district and encourage the business community to connect with the future workforce.”

The career and technology programs at TISD are strategically designed to train students for life-long success in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations and career fields. Many TISD Career Technical Education programs allow students to earn college credit in escrow through Articulated Credit, as well as direct college credit through Dual Credit agreements with area colleges.

Local industries are encourage to participate in the event to help students identify not only potential careers in the community but learn more about the companies, their expectations of employees and the industries that they represent. This is a key way to demonstrate the relevance of education to the students. Throughout the event, students are shown an array of class options. The Career Fair is a three-day event with over 500 students visiting Temple High School for the event.

Companies that committed their time and resources are Acer America, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, Baylor Scott & White Sports Care, City of Temple, HEB Distribution Center, iZone Imaging, James Construction, McLane Intelligent Solutions, Panel Specialist Incorporated, Reynolds Consumer Products, and Wilsonart International.

About Temple

Temple, Texas, is a community with a diverse economic base that includes healthcare, distribution and warehousing, and manufacturing as its foundation.  Within 200 miles of a population of 19 million, Temple is strategically located 39 minutes north of the Austin Metro Area on I-35, making it central within the Southwest U.S. marketplace.  For more information, visit www.choosetemple.com.