The South Plains Tech Prep Career Expo is host this week to hundreds of employers, who are opening up a new world of options for many students.
Like most teens, Tameka Patterson isn't positive what career path to take. But she has an idea. She approaches the booth that the Lubbock Police Department set up at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The officer there asks her if she knows what she wants to do. "I think I might want to be an attorney." She says the expo has given her a little direction. "Well, law enforcement, they say they take attorneys. So, maybe I can be an attorney for one of them."
"They're seeing things that they didn't know existed. I heard one of them say, 'Well, I do that as a hobby. You mean, you can get paid to do that?' I'm like, 'Uh, yes'," says Pat Brown, a Counselor at Lubbock Cooper High School.
The expo goes through Wednesday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. All sorts of employers set up booths. Like the South Plains College music program, Home Depot and Cingular Wireless. And the hope is by introducing the students to so many job opportunities, more will stick around the South Plains. "It let's them see many of the employers just in Lubbock, and might give them the idea that, well, 'I can get a really good job right here in Lubbock. I don't have to go off somewhere'," says Brown.
And in case Tameka changes her mind about being a lawyer, at least she now knows about a few other options.