Greater Lafayette high schoolers prepare for future careers

Hundreds of students find out what it takes to enter the work force during Greater Lafayette Youth Summit.

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 1:05 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Around 200 students across Greater Lafayette are getting the opportunity to prepare for the workforce at Jeff High School.

The Greater Lafayette Youth Summit is for high school juniors and seniors interested in advanced manufacturing and skill trades. Organizer Mellisa Leaming said during the day students learn about internship and work opportunities in these fields.

"So some of them have been hired before," said Leaming. "Some certainly have internships with employers and some just get that first experience of what is it that I might be interested in."

The students see what skills these future employers are looking for. The day is filled with guest speakers, team building activities and workshops. This event helps bridge the gap between students and employers.

"It is a challenge these days on how students know about job openings or know about the requirements and at the same time the employers struggle with engaging students in the workforce," Leaming said.

Employers who will be at Wednesday's summit include Kirby Risk Corporation and Subaru of Indiana Automotive. The event wraps up with closing remarks from Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.

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