K-64 brings education, business, and government together to connect people of all ages with the skills needed to fill jobs and build careers in Catawba County.

On Friday, February 22, Longview Elementary held its first career fair for students in the 4th and 5th grades. K-64 was honored to be able to partner with Longview Elementary to coordinate and conduct the career fair.

Representatives from Corning Optical Communications, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, Hickory Regional Airport, the CVCC Welding Program, Plush Kutz Barbershop, Hickory City Council, the CVCC Computer Integrated Machining Technology Program, Longview Fire Department, Hickory Police Department, the CVCC Nursing Program, and the Lenoir-Rhyne University Art Program served as presenters at the event.

K-64 Career and College Advocate, Dr. Ryan McCreary spoke to the students about the purpose of a career fair and introduced each of the  presenters from local businesses and organizations. During the career fair sessions, the students learned about corporate and skilled-trade careers in Catawba County, the education and training requirements for the jobs, and the importance in every industry of soft skills, such as work ethic, communication, and teamwork.

A special thank you to School Counselor Jessica Rowe and Principal Judy Jolly for partnering with K-64 to make this event possible for the students of Longview Elementary!