IALR’s Advanced Learning division ended another successful year of organizing the SOVA Career Choice Youth Expo with two celebratory events—a gratitude luncheon for volunteers and rewards for select participating students.
About 85 volunteers, employers, sponsors and school division representatives attended a December luncheon hosted by IALR where they viewed the premier of the 2018 event video and a slideshow recognizing their contributions. Dr. Julie Brown, Director of IALR’s Advanced Learning division, voiced a special thanks to the Career Expo planning committee members, including the Career & Technical Education Directors from each of the participating school divisions and the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex. Dr. Sue Magliaro of Virginia Tech also shared a data summary of participating students’ and adults’ survey responses, highlighting that more than 80 percent of participating students value the Expo experience and opportunity to learn about good jobs in Southern Virginia.
Students were recently rewarded for their participation in this exploratory exhibition of career fields, which also included pre- and post-Expo surveys to gauge the impact of the event on career path interests. Photos follow of some of the winning students.