Temple, TX- The Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC), Temple Chamber of Commerce and local industries are partnering 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 200 students visiting Temple High School each day.

Companies that have committed their time and resources are Acer America, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, BSP Engineers, Delta Centrifugal, City of Temple, HEB Retail Distribution Center, Hilton Garden Inn, iZone, Lock Joint Tube of Texas, Mooreco Incorporated, Panel Specialist Incorporated, Professional Datasolutions, Incorporated, Performance Food Group, Walmart Distribution Center and Wilsonart International.