More Than 1,200 BCPS Students to Participate in the Claim Your Future Showcase on Tuesday, February 28

More than 1,200 @browardschools students get a jump start on their career plans at the Claim Your Future Showcase.

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The Alliance and BCPS Partner for Sixth Annual Claim Your Future Showcase– Media Are Invited to Cover this Event –


On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., more than 1,200 students will gather at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise for the sixth annual Claim Your Future Showcase. The event is an industry-focused career fair and a collaboration between the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance – Broward County’s official economic development partnership – and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS).

Students will meet with representatives from Alliance member companies, educational institutions, and partner organizations at the showcase. They will be exposed to a wide range of career possibilities they may not previously have been aware of and learn what skills are needed to pursue their professional goals. In addition to exploring the showcase expo, students will attend a panel discussion with business executives, learn about summer internship success, and participate in breakout sessions. For the first time, Claim Your Future will present companies that offer apprenticeship programs as a pathway to a high-wage career. Mock interviews will also take place, where students will receive one-on-one feedback from their executive interviewers.

Geared toward high school juniors in the Career, Technical, Adult & Community Education (CTACE) program, the event takes a different approach to the traditional career fair. Wells Fargo, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Sawgrass Ford, the FLA LIVE Arena, and Delaware North are the event’s major sponsors.

“The Alliance is thrilled and honored to again partner with BCPS on this inspiring event. Our goal is to open up a world of possibilities to local students in high-wage, high-value industries right here in Broward County and South Florida. We aim to keep our best and brightest here to pursue exciting careers in our targeted industries such as tech, headquarters, life sciences, aviation and more,” said Bob Swindell, President/CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

“The Claim Your Future Showcase helps our students connect what they are learning in their classrooms to the real-world expectations of employers as they network with industry executives and hear directly from business leaders about opportunities here in South Florida,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Earlean C. Smiley, Ed.D. “We appreciate our partnership with the Alliance in making this annual event a success and for supporting our students as they build strong foundations for their futures.”

Businesses in attendance will have a chance to see the incredible local high school student talent being cultivated in Broward County and recruit student interns for on-the-job experiences this summer.

For more information, contact Randall Deich, Alliance Director of Talent Attraction and Education, at


The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance ( 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.  Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research; and serving as a liaison for workforce development between CareerSource Broward, educational institutions and the business community. To learn more, call (954) 524-3113.


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