McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 31, 2013

Annual Choctaw Career Expo set in McAlester

From staff reports
Staff report

McALESTER — Hiring representatives from a number of potential employers are set to participate in the Choctaw Nation’s Sixth Annual Career Expo in McAlester.

“Pathways to Success, A Choctaw Tradition!” is the theme for the event, set from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Southeast Expo Center .

The Career Expo is designed to create an opportunity for job seekers and students to connect with employers and college or training facility representatives at some of the more than 135 booth spaces which were available for the event, organizers said.

Focus of the Career Expo is to connect job seekers with employment and training opportunities available throughout the region.

The Career Expo is open to anyone interested in finding out more information about educational or employment opportunities. Admission is free.

This year’s guest speaker is Grant Baldwin. He has been called an engaging communicator and a leading expert at helping students prepare for life after high school. Baldwin is author of the book and curriculum “Reality Check” and is a popular youth motivational speaker. He  has given hundreds of presentations and has spoken to more than 250,000 people in 42 states through leadership conferences, conventions, school assemblies, and other student events.

Hiring representatives are expected to be on-site from businesses such as: Enogex, Tyson, Air Evac, the state of Oklahoma, Kelworth Trucking, and Choctaw Casinos to name a few. Representatives from colleges and training centers also plan to participate.

Some of the educational facilities planning to have representatives attend  include: Oklahoma City University, Kiamichi Technology Center, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Grayson Truck Driving.

The annual Career Expo is presented by the Choctaw Nation Career Development Program. Career Development assists tribal members in obtaining high quality career and technology training which leads to industry recognized certifications and licenses. Currently, the program supports tribal members in training programs ranging from truck driving, welding, teaching, and heavy equipment operation, to a wide variety of health fields, to name a few.

A breakout session is geared toward, but not limited to, high school attendees. This session will cover information on FAFSA, student loans, and various Choctaw Nation programs including: Scholarship Advisement, Career Development, Choctaw Higher Education, Make a Difference, and Choctaw Asset Building. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a career exploration scavenger hunt. Upon completion of the scavenger hunt, students will have a chance to win an IPAD2.

Choctaw Nation’s cultural revival will be highlighted throughout the Career Expo. The Choctaw Cultural Department plans to enrich the event with live demonstrations, a tribal timeline, and Native American careers of past, present, and future. Attendees will have the opportunity to be immersed in tribal history and the careers that have been vital sustaining forces of the Choctaw Nation’s past, as well as those career pathways that will support the culture for generations.

Transportation is available to Choctaw Tribal members in Southeast Oklahoma who make reservations. Members can call Deidre Inselman at (580) 920-2260 to reserve seating. Deadline to sign up for transportation is Monday.

 

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