Portland Workforce Alliance: 6,000+ students from 75+ high schools to attend first ever virtual NW Youth Careers Expo



Portland Workforce Alliance: 6,000+ students from 75+ high schools to attend first ever virtual NW Youth Careers Expo

After the NW Youth Careers Expo was Oregon’s first major event to cancel due to COVID-19 in March 2020, the Portland Workforce Alliance is bringing the Careers Expo back in virtual form.
 
About 6,000 students from 75+ high schools across Oregon and Washington are expected to log in to attend the 17th annual NW Youth Careers Expo.  All live features of the community event will take place March 16-17 from 1-4pm and the virtual doors will stay open for 30 days in the vFairs conferencing platform. The purpose of the Expo is to connect employers to their future workforce and help students make informed, inspired decisions about their education after high school.
 
“We are totally amazed at what Oregon employers have done to stay connected,” said PWA Executive Director Susan Nielsen. “They’ve gone above and beyond to help high school students.”
 
The Expo will feature a virtual Exhibit Hall where students and educators can “visit” booths hosted by 80+ leading Oregon employers, colleges and apprenticeship training centers. Students can take home materials and videos in their virtual backpacks, and they have access to more than 100 talks and Q&A sessions hosted by exhibitors in their booths. In the virtual Auditorium, students can hear nearly two dozen Career Talks on topics including job-hunting, networking, leadership and interviewing.
 
The event will kick off in the Auditorium with a student-centered welcome and land acknowledgment from PWA’s Youth Impact Council, followed by an inspiring musical performance by the Grant High School Royal Blues. Other featured speakers include Mira Kaddoura, the founder and chief creative officer of Red & Co., and inspiring professionals from organizations such as Nike, KGW News, Howard S. Wright, New Relic, Wieden+Kennedy, Mahlum Architects, and many more.
 
Exhibitors include Amazon Web Services, Nike, Fortis Construction, Kaiser Permanente, Greenbrier Gunderson, Oregon Health & Science University, TechTown PDX, Legacy Health, Intel, Hoffman Construction, the City of Portland, Portland General Electric, The Oregonian/Oregon Live, and many more, including Portland, Mt. Hood and Clackamas community colleges.
 
About PWA: The nonprofit PWA builds enduring partnerships between Oregon businesses and Portland-area high schools to develop students’ college-and-career aspirations and skills, improve the state’s graduation rate and support a resilient workforce by connecting young people to the region’s best jobs. PWA works with partners to offer career days, mentorships, mock interviews, classroom speakers and the annual Expo.