Student Career Workshop at ACCESS Job Expo at Microsoft

Tami Tidwell, DO-IT staff

On November 1, 2005, high school juniors and seniors from as far as Wenatchee, Vancouver and Oak Harbor came with their teachers to Microsoft to attend the Student Career Workshop at the ACCESS Job Expo. The event included how to get and keep a job, as well as job tips from employers. A panel of employees with a variety of disabilities, varying levels of education, and different career stages shared their experiences and answered questions about education, securing employment, and experiences. After the workshop, students got to put what they learned to the test by visiting over 50 exhibitor booths, including Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Safeway, at the ACCESS Job Expo.

According to Denise Bergstrom, a teacher from Mt. Rainier High School, her students talked about their experience for days. Many of them collected job applications for the first time and are expecting calls for interviews soon. Other students have used the tools they learned and the knowledge they gained to apply for positions at local businesses. It was a wonderful event and we look forward to an even bigger turnout next year!