The Adams County Career Fair is an annual, county wide initiative that allows all of the county schools in the county to take advantage of the synergy of having 60 career representatives presented at one time. All tenth grade students (approximately 1,200 students) from the six Adams County public school districts, Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 and two private schools participate in the Career Fair. The focus of the event is to expose students to a variety of career choices. Volunteer support and donations cover much of the expense involved with the program., and Gettysburg College donates all but a nominal fee for the use of their campus. This year’s fair was held on Wednesday, March 13.
For many of the students this is their first experience traversing a college campus. The students are given the opportunity to hear from different speakers on a wide variety of careers. Each career session lasts 30 minutes and the students are given the chance to participate in a question and answer session.
The area guidance counselors all agree that this event is beneficial for the students and gives them valuable first-hand information on careers that the students are considering for their future. Entrepreneurial education requirements are also satisfied for the students by participating at this event. Students also take away personal contacts for future jobs, internships and job shadowing.