The Business Education Strategic Team (BEST) held an interactive Career Expo on Wednesday, October 9th at the 4H Building in El Dorado.
The event was designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to engage in the interactive exploration of careers and industry. It was a collaboration between the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, both El Dorado and Circle High Schools, local businesses, the Workforce Centers and Butler Community College.
High school students had the exclusive opportunity to engage in hands on-learning until 3:30pm at which time college students, parents, and the general public were welcomed.
“Being able to align business needs with corresponding educational pathways is important, and a primary goal of the BEST committee,” said Teresa Bergen, committee chair.
According to a report from Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. (WIN) a career readiness resource organization, “In many states, education, economic development and workforce development policy largely function separate from one another. As separate sets of policy, they often conflict and, consequently, do not maximize their impact on the overall economic health of a state or region. States should align these three policy areas into a single strategy they term the ‘Educonomy.’”
Furthermore, the WIN report stated that understanding a region’s educonomy requires “identifying business and industry talent needs, understanding the current and emerging occupational and job-specific skills that are in demand, and take an inventory of the quantity and quality of people willing and able to seek employment in critical occupations.”
Some of the area employers participating in the expo included:
Butler Community College
Susan B. Allen Memorial
Kansas Department of Transportation
Flinthills Services, Inc.
Butler Electric Cooperative
Homestead Assisted Living & Memory Care
Kansas State University Global Campus
Hogoboom Oil Field Trucking
Everyday El Dorado
SERC Physical Therapy
Kansas Department of Corrections