Where and what time is this event taking place?
The event is Tuesday, November 30th at the Saline High School from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. and presented by the South & West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC) and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC).
What is the goal of this event?
To promote the career and technology education (CTE) opportunities of the consortium and connect 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students from Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan, and Saline with local business/industry. Parents and students will have a better understanding of the earning potential, options for further education, and communicate with different local businesses regarding employment opportunities now and in the future.
How is the event organized?
Students and parents may arrive when it is convenient. However, the first 45 minutes (6:00 - 6:45) provides an opportunity for students to tour the facility (map will be provided and SWWC Student Council leaders to assist) and engage with 4 "stations". Participants will be provided a card to be stamped at each of the four locations. If a student completes all four, they will place the card, with the student's information in a box, to potentially win a monetary prize. The four stations may be:
1) Picture in front of the green screen in the Studio with a background reflecting the student's career interest
2) Craft a treat in the Culinary lab to "make and take"
3) Stop by the Washtenaw Community College (WCC) booth to receive information regarding articulated credit between the SWWC and WCC
4) Take a picture in front of the "SWWC Twitter Takeover Station" to post on the SWWC Twitter page
The last 45 minutes (6:45 - 7:30) offers an opportunity for students and parents to venture to the classroom/lab that most interests them or in which they are currently enrolled. Business and industry leaders, potentially from the advisory committee, will be present in the classrooms/labs. One business/industry leader for each program will be scheduled to speak in each classroom/lab from 7:00 - 7:10. They will discuss the state of their respective industry as well as potential employment opportunities.
What will the event entail? The event will have trade and business leaders speak about their experiences and the value of career and technical education. There will be interactive areas for the students to participate in while they visit the classrooms or labs in which they are most interested. Business leaders are invited to be present for questions and discussion. A representative from Washtenaw Community College will be present as well. There will be a silent auction to support the SWWC student organizations which will include baked goods, student welding projects, and business donations.
Who is invited? The SWWC covers six districts – Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan and Saline. 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are invited to attend with their parents. Business leaders from the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce are invited to visit and/or participate in this event.
Are siblings or other family members invited to attend? Yes, siblings and family members are encouraged to attend.
Why would a company participate? This is an opportunity for business leaders and companies to show what career paths and opportunities a student has when they participate in a SWWC CTE program. Professionals can showcase their business information and be available for questions. Other opportunities will include silent auction items and/or other donations.
The investment of being a part of this event for a company is actively planning and articulating career paths and opportunities to potential employees now and in the future. At the same time, parents can be informed and involved to support their child with a promising career path that in turn benefits the community as a whole. Let’s prepare tomorrow’s essential employees today!
Will food be available? Complimentary gourmet mac and cheese will be available from 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. in the Hive, sponsored by the SWWC Culinary program.
Is there a cost for this event? This event is sponsored by the South and West Washtenaw Consortium and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce and is free of charge for attendees and businesses.
Where can I learn more about the SWWC? For more information, please visit our website at https://www.salineschools.org/schools/swwc/