MARLBOROUGH – More than 120 students from six local high schools had the opportunity to explore different career fields at the first Career Expo sponsored by the Greater Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Held at the Apex Entertainment Complex today, the event was designed to help regional companies connect with students considering alternatives to a four-year college.
Companies in the hospitality, health care, manufacturing, banking and municipal fields offered guidance on possible careers.
Presenters included Seaman Paper, Ken’s Foods, Marlborough Country Club, Courtyard Boston Marlborough, Apex, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Rail Trail, Avidia Bank, Main Street Bank, St. Mary’s Credit Union, UMass Memorial, Artisan at Hudson, and the city of Marlborough, police, fire, public works and facilities, and human resources departments.
Students from Marlborough, Hudson, Westborough, Algonquin, Assabet Valley and Advanced Math and Science Academy high schools took part.
“This is phenomenal,” said Meredith Harris, the executive director of MEDC. “It’s great to see the kids engaged, the companies engaged. It’s a unique way to recruit.”
Harris added that many of the companies offer internships for job candidates.
“I’m excited to have students interact with business opportunities,” said Kerry Bartlett, a teacher at Hudson High School.
Two of her students – Anlina Chen and Ana Martinez-Serrano, both juniors – were looking forward to checking out the expo. Chen said she’s interested in banking, while Martinez-Serrano said she wanted to check out possibilities in the medical field.
The expo was the last official event for Robert Schlacter, who stepped down as president/CEO of the chamber on March 31.
“It’s the first of its kind,” said Schlacter. “The educators are so engaged with this idea.”
For information on the chamber, visit https://marlboroughchamber.org/
For information on MEDC, visit https://marlboroughedc.com/