Warren County High School Career and Technical Education students participated in Vance-Granville Community College’s first-ever Business Technologies Fair. The event brought young people to campus to learn more about careers and how to prepare for them. The event, held Nov. 12 in the VGCC Civic Center, engaged hundreds of middle and high school students from Vance, Granville and Warren counties, as well as educators from those counties and Franklin County.
Attendees received information and saw demonstrations from VGCC curriculum programs that provide training for careers in fields related to business and information technology.
The programs include Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Technology Integration, Entrepreneurship, Global Logistics, Medical Office Administration, Office Administration, Paralegal Technology and Simulation/ Game Development. Among the highlights of the event were a speed-typing contest organized by Office Administration faculty members; a demonstration of a computer game created by students from Simulation & Game Development; and questions testing attendees’ legal knowledge posed by students from Paralegal Technology, a new program based at VGCC’s Franklin County Campus.
Visitors to the fair had the opportunity to talk about career pathways with employers from throughout the region who frequently hire graduates from such programs. Participating businesses included Variety Wholesalers, Inc.; Fastenal; Holden Moss Certified Public Accountants; Union Bank; Fly Boy Aerial Photography; Novozymes North America, Inc.; Walmart Distribution Center of Henderson; Food Lion Distribution Center of Butner; the Information Technology department from Maria Parham Medical Center; Granville Medical Center; Express Employment Professionals; and Staffmark of Henderson.
In addition to middle and high school students, adults from the community and other VGCC students were able to attend during the latter half of the fair.