September 18, 2019 : 8:00 AM

A project of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC), the SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity is a hands-on career expo for eighth-grade students across Southwest Alabama’s nine-county footprint. The purpose of the event is to expose students to careers available locally and to demonstrate what each career involves through an interactive, engaging series of activities. The decision to target eighth-grade students was a strategic one: Eighth grade is a critical year for students as they are deciding on coursework pathways for the remainder of their high school years and beyond.

What does it take to have a successful future? That is the question that will be asked of over 9,000 area eighth graders on September 18 and 19 at the 2019 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo. Public and private school students will visit the Mobile Civic Center over the course of a two-day period for a hands-on, interactive career exploration experience led by business professionals from ten key South Alabama industries. The event will showcase eleven different industries, called “Worlds,” – Aerospace and Aviation, Computer & Information Technology, Construction, Energy, Engineering and Design, Healthcare, Hospitality & Tourism, Public Service, Safety, Manufacturing, and Shipbuilding & Repair.

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