Rockford students got a hands-on look at potential future careers at the annual Expo Academy.
Based on what jobs students like, it shapes their high school curriculum.
“The purpose of [Thursday’s] event is to help freshmen students choose their academy,” said Alignment Rockford Executive Director Bridget French. “But, it also exposes them to careers and jobs within our region that are looking to grow their workforce.”
More than 130 businesses turned out for a chance to engage freshmen about career possibilities and life after high school. Jefferson High School student Antonio Evans admits he didn’t have his career planned until now.
“It helps me think about what I’m going to do in the future and how much time I’m going to be in work,” said Evans.
Each student had a chance to talk one on one with each recruiter to get questions answered about salaries and job requirements.
“There are a lot of jobs that pay well and are interesting,” said Samantha Diaz, a student attending the expo.
For other students who already have career options in mind, the event allows them to reach out and network with future employers.
Alignment Rockford hosted the event and says this year was bigger than ever.