Children explore different careers at Mahoning County Technical and Vocational Center’s first children’s career fair


CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — About 40 different vendors were in attendance at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center’s inaugural Children’s Career Fair. It helped showcase the many different jobs people could have in the valley.

Children of all ages were present. MCCTC’s Jessica Cene said it was important to teach children about careers at a young age.

“College is a choice and we promote college here at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. However, swaps are another choice,” Cene said.

Manufacturers, medical personnel, cosmetologists and insurance agents were some of the jobs children could explore at the fair.

Each vendor had a job-related activity on their stand.

“There’s something for everyone here today,” Cene said.

Lots of kids had fun exploring.

“I did my makeup on a paper and got a pop-it. I went there because you can make your own popcorn,” one child said.

Showing kids career opportunities close to home is why many vendors have helped.

“The population is going down and we want to keep our kids here and working and there are so many amazing small businesses here,” said State Farm agent Jamie Blott.

“The more opportunities they see today, the more enriched they will be to grow and invest in their lives in the future,” said Dave Hughes, founder of the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition.

The MCCTC is already recruiting students for the next school year.


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