BCPS Partners With Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance for the Second Annual Claim Your Future Showcase

On Monday, February 12, 2018, approximately 1,200 students will gather at the BB&T Center in Sunrise from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the second annual industry-focused student career fair – Claim Your Future Showcase, hosted by Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. Bank of America has also returned as the event’s major sponsor.
Geared toward high school juniors in the District’s Career, Technical, Adult & Community Education (CTACE) program, the event takes a different approach to the traditional career fair by allowing students to meet with representatives from approximately 50 Alliance member companies and partner organizations. New additions to this year’s fair include a student showcase, which displays student projects for businesses to view and provide feedback on.
“Our inaugural Claim Your Future Showcase in 2017 exceeded our expectations. This year, even more students from across the district will learn firsthand about careers they can pursue right here in Broward County, including high-wage, targeted industries,” said Bob Swindell, president & CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.
“Access to good jobs helps people have better financial lives, which builds a stronger community,” said Lori Chevy, Broward County market president, Bank of America. “The Claim Your Future Showcase is a great example of the business community working together to expose our youth to desirable career opportunities in unique industries, helping them envision their future contributions to a thriving economy in Broward County.”
“The Claim Your Future Showcase bridges the classroom to the workplace and is a great example of how BCPS, in partnership with the Alliance can connect business interest to the purpose of public education,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.”  The showcase is an opportunity for students to explore the business world, discover career opportunities and hone-in on the skills they need to achieve their post-secondary career goals. We appreciate the ongoing partnership we have with the Alliance, and the level of experience they provides our students to prepare for their futures.”
Students in attendance will learn about the wide range of career possibilities and discover the necessary skills to pursue their professional goals. Beyond touring the fair, students will attend panel discussions with top-level executives; participate in breakout sessions on professionalism in the workplace and conduct mock interviews, where they will receive one-on-one feedback from their executive interviewers and possible summer internship opportunities.
Businesses in attendance will have a chance to see the incredible student talent that is being cultivated in BCPS and have the opportunity to recruit student interns for on the job experiences this summer.
For more information, contact Susan Climan, manager of education programs at scliman@gflalliance.org or 954-627-0126.



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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.
About the Alliance: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (www.gflalliance.org) is Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development. Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County.

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