Just over 700 high school students, consisting of students from Tamaqua's Y.E.S. (Your Employability Skills) program and other Schuylkill County school districts spent part of their school day recently touring a broad spectrum of over 30 employment and college vendors during the 5th annual Schuylkill County Career Fair held at the Martz Hall in Pottsville. The fair, coordinated by the Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Council Inc. (MAEC), consisted of both inside and outside vendor displays. A popular attraction for students was PPL's electric car, which was on display outside as a way to exemplify the future of electric transportation and related careers.
"The fair helps facilitate a better educated and future workforce," said Darlene J. Robbins, President, MAEC. "It also exemplifies the relationship between business and government."
Of all the Tamaqua students interviewed during the fair, all stated their intentions of utilizing the Morgan Success Scholarships at the Lehigh Carbon Community College. In 2002, The John E. Morgan Charitable Trust II announced that it will fund Morgan Success Scholarships for qualified applicants. Each year, the Morgan Foundation sets aside funds that the Foundation anticipates will be sufficient to cover full tuition scholarships for the number of graduating Tamaqua Area High School seniors who attend LCCC, based upon historic and predicted attendance rates.
"Tamaqua's Y.E.S. program impacts the students through better understanding of business and industry," said Lori Kane, Kelayres, Community Relations with MCCann School of Business.
In addition to a multitude of colleges, other popular job vendors on hand were Senator Argall's office, Avenues, Aerotek, RedCo Group, Schuylkill County Sheriff's office, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Mrs. T's Pierogies, PPL, Wal-Mart Logistics, Boyer's Food Markets, Environmental Stoneworks, Cardinal Systems, and so on.
Both Robbins and Matt Shuey, program coordinator, MAEC, stated the council's appreciation for all the participating schools and employers of the fair.
Joseph Schwartz, admission representative, LCCC, stressed the opportunity provided by the Morgan Success Scholarship and STEM $600,000 scholarship to LCCC to promote science, technology, engineering and math degrees.Representatives with the Pennsylvania CareerLink of Schuylkill County and Schuylkill Vision were also on hand discussing other career avenues. For more information, stop by their office at 201-203 E. Arch Street in Pottsville or visit their website at www.schuylklillvision.com  or www.cwds.state.pa.us .