MOSES LAKE — An information fair is scheduled this week for people who want to learn more about the workforce training courses at Big Bend Community College, and to talk to some of the employers in those fields. “Explore Big Bend: Innovation and Technology” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Masto Conference in the ATEC building.
“More than 20 employers are expected to attend, allowing students and job seekers the opportunity to meet local industry, discuss potential job openings and identify necessary training options,” wrote Tiffany Fondren, BBCC communications coordinator.
Jody Bortz, BBCC career services coordinator, said “Explore Big Bend” is a way to highlight what kind of jobs are available in Grant and Adams counties, and where people can get the training necessary for those jobs.
“This event is geared toward keeping our local talent in the area, building a pipeline for future industry, careers and economic development,” Bortz said. It’s part of the Career Connected Learning program, designed to inform local residents about “employment and training options available in our community.”
“Explore Big Bend is the only career exploration event in Moses Lake featuring representatives from both the training and employment side of the employment process. This year’s event will highlight STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) programs and careers,” Fondren wrote.
“Attendees also will have the opportunity to speak with BBCC instructors and students about the current workforce education programs available,” Fondren wrote. Students will get a chance to try flying one of the college’s drones, work with a BBCC medical simulation manikin, participate in a computer programming challenge and experience virtual reality, among other things.
Admission is free. It’s open to BBCC and local high school students, and to anyone in the community interested in workforce education, Fondren said. “All participating vendors in the ‘Explore Big Bend’ event will be on campus for employment and informational purposes only.”