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2021 Virtual Career Expo and Conference Looking for Local Businesses to Participate

WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Apple STEM Network and the North Central Educational Service District (NCESD), in partnership with WorkSource, are proud to present the 2021 Virtual Career Expo and Conference on Tuesday November 2, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The 8th Annual NCW College & Career Expo is a free opportunity for high school and college students across North Central Washington to connect with incredible regional college and career opportunities. The event is projected to serve over 3,000 young adults across Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Grant counties.

At the event educators and local industry professionals come together to introduce students to work experiences that engage, train and inspire them for the 21st-century workforce that is in demand by regional employers.

“We know that our students benefit most from early and frequent participation in high-quality career connected learning opportunities as they prepare to enter the workforce,” said Tami McBride, Career Connected Specialist at NCESD.

During the Expo, exhibitors, which include colleges and employers, will set up “virtual booths” on an easily accessible online platform that allows them to connect directly with students during the 3-hour event. Participating students will have the ability to explore different booths and conduct text-based chats with exhibitor representatives to learn more about college and career opportunities available to them.

“We are really excited to create the region’s first career-focused conference for students by expanding our programming to include live video presentations from local experts,” McBride added.

Presentation topics will include financial aid, apprenticeship, resume building, interviewing tips and much more. Businesses, educational institutions, training programs, and student support services are all encouraged to participate at the event as a virtual exhibitor. There is no cost for organizations and companies to participate, but they are required to have at least one representative available at their virtual booth at any time.

Last year Horning Brothers Farms co-owner Greg Horning attended the event as a virtual exhibitor and had the opportunity to meet with students to share information about owning and operating a row crop farm in North Central Washington.

“As a local employer, the NCW Career Expo was a great opportunity for me to connect with students in our region,” Horning said. “Students asked me detailed questions that made me think about our farm in new ways.”

Interested exhibitors can visit to learn more about the event and register. Students, parents, and teachers can also visit the website to sign up to attend the free event.

About WorkSource

WorkSource is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that provides an array of employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington. Customers access services electronically through or through a network of more than 60 WorkSource centers, affiliates and connection sites. Last year, WorkSource professionals helped some 170, 000 workers and nearly 5,600 Washington employers. Studies show that people who use WorkSource services tend to find work faster and earn more money than those who don’t. For more information, visit

About the Apple STEM Network

The Apple STEM Network is a regional alliance of K-12, Higher Ed and community partners in North Central Washington. We represent a diverse region with tremendous potential for STEM industry in agriculture, energy and innovation. With our collective effort we intend to: provide a constructive support system for educators who aim to meet the rising challenge for all students to develop 21st century skills and STEM literacy, to integrate community mentorship and promote authentic project-based learning and field experiences for all levels of education, and engage students in exploring the world of opportunities on the horizon through STEM.

About the North Central Educational Service District

The North Central Educational Service District is a resource to the 29 districts within the four-county service area, providing professional and timely tools to meet the needs of individual schools and districts, and a reliable point of education-related information for the communities served. The NCESD is a respected resource to other ESDs throughout Washington State.

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