Editor’s Note: Lagniappe participated in the “Worlds of Opportunity” career fair put on by the South Alabama Workforce Development Council, Sept. 24-25 at the Mobile Civic Center. Over 10,000 eighth graders from public and private schools in eight southwest Alabama counties explored different industries and possible career paths by interacting with leaders in a wide variety of fields, including healthcare, hospitality, communications, aviation, engineering, construction, manufacturing, maritime, public service, automotive technology and energy.

Lagniappe was part of the “Communications World” and challenged students to write a news story about the event, interviewing at least two sources. The winning entrant was Katherine Allred with Covenant Christian School in Mobile. Katherine is the daughter of Alan and Dennise Allred and hopes to be a kindergarten teacher one day. (Though we think she should consider a career in journalism, of course). 


By Katherine Allred

Covenant Christian School

The SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity career expo was held on September 24-25, 2014 in the Mobile Civic Center. This event is for 8th grade students from the eight counties of Southwest Alabama. The career expo allows students to explore local careers and demonstrates what they involve through engaging, interactive activities.

Jolena Farrish, 8th grade student at Covenant Christian School said, “My favorite part was being able to be on the weather and seeing how it works.”

The career expo was an amazing learning experience for all, but as Jill Kingston, 8th grade student at Covenant Christian School said, “We should have a longer time limit for each zone, because I really didn’t have enough time to get to all of the stations.”

Overall, the career expo was very organized and had lots of careers there to learn about. I would strongly recommend one to go there because it really lets you explore what is out there in the world for one to get a career in.