Career Day Showcases Career & Technical Training Needs

More than 575 students from across Roane County gathered for ninth annual career day.

April 28, 2017

On April 6, more than 575 high school juniors gathered at Roane State Community College for the ninth annual Roane County High Schools Career Day. The career day touted the available career opportunities from 50 regional organizations and was organized by Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s education and workforce development committee. This year’s event highlighted new participation by technical trade organizations and featured Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s traveling science fair.

“The purpose of career day is to introduce students to many careers and educational opportunities,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for the Roane Alliance. “While here, students learn that to get a good-paying job they need to continue their education beyond high school. Either a two- or four-year college degree or technical trade training that earns a marketable skill or certification is needed in today’s labor market.”

“The businesses participating in career day have always represented a wide range of career opportunities,” said Lutz, “This year we wanted more participation by organizations that teach technical trades needed by many of the regional businesses.”

The East Tennessee Carpenters and Millrights Training Center was one of several technical trade organizations at career day working to fill growing gaps in qualified trade craftsmen and women. Participating students seemed interested in trade organizations and were eager to learn about competitive wages available in the field.

Participating businesses included those seeking skilled laborers such as Harriman Utility Board, Kimble Chase Life Science and Research, NetShape Technologies, PermaFix, Toho Tenax America, and the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston Fossil Plant.

Career day was sponsored by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, Roane County Schools, Roane State Community College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman, and the Roane Alliance. Career day is one of several annual activities launched by the Alliance’s Education Matters program.

The Roane Alliance serves as Roane County's economic development organization and is one of Innovation Valley’s eight partner agencies. Innovation Valley is east Tennessee’s regional economic development initiative that is managed by the Knoxville Chamber. With its heritage of innovative science and technology breakthroughs and solid, business-friendly values, the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley region is a prime business location in the United States.