View Career Expo Helps Mississippi Students Find Career Pathways
From the Appalachian Regional Commission

Congratulations to the Imagine the Possibilities Career Expo, which recently won the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s Community Economic Development Award (CEDA). This award recognizes exceptional contributions of communities in the State of Mississippi for the following efforts: business retention & expansion, business recruitment, community development and community involvement.
Imagine the Possibilities is an interactive career expo designed for 8th graders in northeast Mississippi, including sixteen ARC counties. Sponsored by
the Toyota Wellspring Education Fund at CREATE Foundation and supported by ARC and the Mississippi Development Authority, seventy-four schools bring approximately 7,200 students over the annual three-day event in October.

Using the US Department of Education’s Career Pathways model adopted by the Mississippi Department of Education, Imagine the Possibilities pairs workforce development education activities and experiential learning with curricula available to public schools in the state. Under the guidance of an experienced “Pathfinder,” each student is exposed to several career options, including but not limited to aerospace, agriculture, food & natural resources; finance; health science; information technology; manufacturing; and transportation. The Career Pathway initiative consists of partnerships among community colleges, primary and secondary schools, workforce and economic development agencies, employers, and social service providers