Southern Union to host ‘Career Discovery Expo’ Oct. 3 and 4


Special to the
Opelika Observer

It’s so hard for students to decide what career path they want to take when they grow up. It’s also a little scary. What jobs are relevant in today’s world? Is there a job in the area or will they need to move? Will it be just a job or a career?
Since 2015, the Career Discovery Expo has been helping students choose a career path that is close to home, pertinent in today’s economy and that they’ll enjoy. This two-day Career Discovery Expo, set for Oct. 3 and 4, will take place on Southern Union’s Opelika campus in Opelika.
The purpose of the expo is to help students make wise decisions about their future and to help them understand the value of education in preparing for careers that will lead to economic prosperity.
Students will learn about occupations, educational requirements and average salaries from 11 career clusters.
Rod Cater of Alabama Power is the returning chairman of this year’s expo. Cater knows first-hand the importance of such an event. He was also the Energy and Utilities cluster coordinator and has been involved with Region 5.
“To be competitively positioned for employment, today’s students should begin charting their career path early in high school. This event provides an up-close look at many and varied career opportunities, which should help these students make informed decisions as they prepare for the future through education and training,” Cater said.
The expo, an industry-led initiative, targets eighth graders in the Region 5 area which includes Autauga, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Perry, Russell and Tallapoosa Counties.
“The expo unites regional industries and businesses with students to highlight the variety of career opportunities in our area,” said Career Discovery Expo media relations coordinator Dinah Motley.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to discover the amazing business careers that are available in Region 5. This event has already impacted and will continue to impact our region far beyond this event.


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