Burnet CISD career fair connects students with employers

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER

BURNET — It’s never too early to learn skills for a job. And with summer around the corner, students wanting a job for the next few months will gather in one place: the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Career Fair on May 12.

The event is 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at The Doghouse gymnasium at Burnet High School, 1000 The Green Mile.

The fair is co-sponsored by the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, BCISD and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area.

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area business services representative Craig Henry said the fair will help students obtain valuable skills such as how to talk to an employer, how to communicate nonverbally and how to talk about themselves.

And owners and managers also will learn how to talk to students about their businesses and expectations and teach other important elements young people will find useful, Henry added.

“(Students are) going to learn the skills of body language, eye contact and how to conduct yourself in an interview,” he said. “I can tell you this is going to be a learning experience for everyone involved.”

Henry said he has met with at least 60 owners and managers to invite them to participate in the fair.

“I’m hoping to fill the gym up,” he said. “I’m looking to have a wide variety of employers to touch everyone’s skill set.”

This event doesn’t happen without chamber Executive Director Kim Winkler or Burnet High School Principal Mark Kincaid, Henry said.

“Kim has always been a great partner to work with to assist employers in finding job seekers. She knows everybody in town and has always been supportive to the Workforce and our mission to assist employers,” he said. “Mr. Kincaid thought it would be a good idea for students to meet with local employers to see if they would like to find a job for the summer and beyond and learn how to interact with employers.”

By conducting the fair, Henry also hopes students understand another valuable life skill.

“We want everyone to be life learners,” he said.

Contact Henry at (512) 244-2207 ext. 1049 or craig.henry@ruralcapital.net for more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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