Wednesday, April 3 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
at The Academies of Loudoun,
42075 Loudoun Academy Drive
The LCPS Career & Apprenticeship Fair is open to all students in grades 8 - 12
AboutThe purpose of the LCPS Career & Apprenticeship Fair is for students in grades 8 - 12 to explore and learn about career and apprenticeship opportunities available in all 16 career clusters, therefore assisting in making informed decisions when choosing classes at both the high school and even college level. Students will also have the chance to connect with individuals who may offer opportunities such as internships, mentorship, summer employment, and more. While this is not a hiring event, students may wish to reach out to business and apprenticeship representatives at a later time.Questions may be directed to Theresa Kurzeja at Theresa.Kurzeja@lcps.org or 571-252-1012.
Though not mandatory, students are strongly encouraged to register for the event and can do so here. Registration is quick and simple and will assist in planning future events.
Women in STEM Presentation by AWSMs. Yanyu Zheng and Ms. Patti Shoefstall from Amazon Web Services (AWS) will provide two information sessions on the topic of Women in STEM. The repeating presentations will be offered from 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Yanyu Zheng is a Business Intelligence Engineer at the Tools and Technology team of Infrastructure Delivery/Global Planning and Business Operations. Ms. Zheng's role is comprised of coding, customer communication, and process improvements. Ms. Zheng has been with AWS for a little over a year. Prior to joining AWS, Ms. Zheng was a full stack software developer at NIH, supporting the eRA (electric research administration) system. Ms. Zheng received her B.S. in Applied Mathematics in China and her M.S. in Statistics from Columbia University.Patti Shoefstall is a Data Center Operations Manager at AWS and has been in this role for a little over two years. Prior to joining AWS, Ms. Shoefstall worked as a Senior Chief Engineer for Digital Reality; a Site Manager II: Fluor Government Group, LOGCAP Afghanistan; a Senior Project Manager for Louis Berger Group; and a 25 Year Retire Chief Warrant Officer Four for the Corp of Engineers. Some of Ms. Shoefstall's achievements include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Medal with oak leaf cluster; Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Joint Service Commendation Medal with 6 oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal with 7 oak leaf clusters; and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Ms. Shoefstall received her B.A. in Sociology and minor in Business Administration from Excelsior College and her M.S. in Emergency Management from Toro University.
Participating Apprenticeships, Businesses, and Organizations
Over 65 registered apprenticeships and businesses will be in attendance. For a full list of participants, please click here.
How Can Students Prepare?When attending a career exploration fair, students can best prepare by utilizing Naviance Student through LCPSGo. There are several self inventories, career assessments, and career-focused videos available. The following is recommended:8th gradeRoad Trip Nation - a collection of thousands of 2 - 3 minute videos representing every career cluster. Students can search by interests, themes, or by taking an assessment.Career Cluster Finder - an assessment that provides a list of career clusters and careers based on how the student answers questions about activities, personal qualities, and school subjects. Students can take this assessment multiple times.9th - 12th gradesCareer Cluster Finder and Career Interest Profiler - both assessments provide lists of career clusters and/or careers based on the student's responses to predetermined questions. Students are able to discover education and/or training requirements, average salaries across the nation, and basic career descriptions. Students can take these assessments multiple times.Strengths Explorer - this self inventory is recommended for students in grades 10 and up as it can only be taken once. Gallup Strengths Explorer is a strengths assessment that assesses 10 talent themes for individuals and identifies each student's three strongest emerging talents.The best way to engage with a potential future employer or to find out what really matters most about a career is to know what to ask. Click here for a list of sample questions.*Students interested in Career and Technical Education should speak to their school counselors about elective course opportunities available at both their home school and through MATA.
To view or download the program, please click here.