At every turn, students were invited to roll up their sleeves and discover career paths in engineering, manufacturing and skilled trades; medical and health sciences; information technology; and professional and public services. A hot pink Link-Belt excavator, a real LexTran bus and Amteck’s electrical components learning center were just a few of dozens of engaging displays.
With some 50 local businesses and organizations represented, the event plays an important role in shaping the future of Lexington’s workforce said Jade Miles, community relations and student program manager at Lexmark. “Lexington is a great place to work and live, and we want people to stay here. There are so many jobs in STEM and other fields that are waiting to be filled. Through this partnership, we can help build our future workforce and ensure a stronger talent pipeline for Lexington,” she said.
Lexmark’s new partnership with The Academies of Lexington will bring a wealth of opportunities to Academy students, and the career exploration event is just the beginning.
Gigi Wells, a freshman at the Academies of Frederick Douglass High School, said that speaking with a Lexington police officer helped her realize her interest in the field. “This really motivated me more. I wasn’t sure what Academy I wanted to explore, but this helped me decide on Professional Services.”
Tates Creek High School freshman Jacob Clemons said he hopes to enter the Academy of Design and Engineering, to follow in the footsteps of his brother—a nuclear engineer. “I got to control robot arms in the IT section today, and that was cool. This really gives me an idea of what I might want to do in the future.”
Claudia Carroll, talent acquisition market manager at KentuckyOne Health, echoed the importance of introducing high schoolers to career paths of interest. “Working in Healthcare, we are all about serving others and improving the community. One way we can improve the community is to provide for generations of healthcare providers to come by building our future workforce.”
The Academies of Lexington are small learning communities within Fayette County public high schools that allow students to connect what they are learning in the classroom with real-world applications.
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