OGDEN, Utah – African-American high school students from throughout Utah will learn how academics can translate into limitless career opportunities during the “Expect The Great” outreach event at Weber State University, Nov. 3 in the Shepherd Union from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“This is where the rubber meets the road,” said Forrest Crawford, WSU’s Assistant to the President for Diversity. “This gathering will show students that school has meaning, and that education and knowledge will help prepare them for a successful career in the future.”
The event focuses on the African and African-American student population and their families, but it is open and free to all high school students interested in receiving answers to questions about college admission, paying for college, resume building and job-skills research.
“Students can sit down and speak to local employers and learn how to prepare for a particular job they want in the future,” Crawford said. “They will also be taught to ask the right questions that will help them gain a deeper and detailed understanding of the vocational or educational training needed to reach their goals.”
Participants will attend resume-writing workshops, learn interview skills and gain access to role models and mentors. “We assume students know how to get and maintain role models in their area of interest, but most of them don’t,” Crawford said. “The event will help students learn how to identify mentors and build relationships they can utilize as a resource and asset.”
The history of African-American students showing limited success in obtaining career placement and graduation urged Crawford to organize the event with the support of State Board of Regents member France Davis. The first “Expect the Great” event held at Salt Lake Community College last year attracted more than 400 participants.
“Every public institution of higher learning in the state will eventually host this event, encouraging this underrepresented population to examine post-high school education and career placement,” Crawford said. “By exploring a variety of career opportunities and networking with employers, advisors, mentors and other peers, the net of access and resources will widen.”