County Commisioner Warren Mackey Hosts Career And Job Forum For Students On Thursday

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

County Commissioner Warren Mackey will host a Career and Job Forum at the Orchard Knob Baptist Church on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Organizers said, "In about a month most high school seniors will graduate and be looked upon to go to college or enter the real world of work.  Many of them won’t know how to proceed and their parents will not know quite how to guide them. At the same time there are many workers facing unemployment and they are not quite sure of their options. What should they do?

"The economic rules of the game have changed as companies use the software and technology in doing business.  This allows them to streamline production as they struggle to stay in business.  In so doing, workers are let go. Too many parents, teachers and others are operating under the old system that admonished students to go to college and get an education.   There are new realities and hard facts that go overlooked.  For example, can companies afford to keep workers that they don’t need?  As companies shed retirement plans that have sustained Americans after their working years what will workers do in the future—work until the day that they die?"

The forum will will address these and other questions. Chattanooga State Community College, a major trainer for many local companies, will have people there to talk about enrollment, financial aid and the vast array of vocational and technical programs that they offer. Deborah Gunn of FirstThingsFirst will introduce Work Smart-Live Well. Dr Elaine Swafford of Chattanooga State will have her staff there to help prepare applications, financial aid and gain admission into the College.

All are welcomed. There will be plenty of parking.

The schedule is as follows:

Dr. Warren Mackey: Job and Economic Trends

Tim McGhee: Engineering Technology programs for WACKER, TVA, & Regional Manufacturing needs

Dr. Mike Ricketts Chattanooga State Voc and Tech Programs:

Dr. Elaine Swafford/Staff Chattanooga State: admissions, financial aid, etc

Deborah Gunn: FirstThingsFirst

Q/A


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