The 2021 Virtual Career Expo & Conference is a free opportunity for high school and college students across North Central Washington to connect with incredible regional college and career opportunities.

In celebration of the 8th Annual NCW College & Career Expo, we are excited to expand our programming this year to include live video presentations for a range of topics including financial aid, apprenticeship, resume building, interviewing tips, and more! Check out the “students” tab for a detailed schedule of the event.

Similar to previous years, there will be a virtual “exhibit hall” with over 150 regional business, educational institutions, training programs, and student support services. Students will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from these organizations via text-based chat within the event platform, providing them a unique experience to learn more about that career, the pathways to get there, and any other questions they might have.

Check out some of our 2021 Virtual Exhibitors

Date & Time

Tuesday, November 2
10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Virtual/Online Event via the Brazen Platform

Registration

Exhibitors
There is no cost to be an exhibitor at this event. Deadline to register is Wednesday, October 27.

Exhibitor Registration

Teachers & Students (High School, College, Recent Graduates)
There is no cost to attend this event. Deadline to register is Friday, October 29.

Attendee Registration

Thank You Sponsors & Partners

A great event for high school students, college students, and recent graduates!

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.

Students who attend the virtual 3-hour event will have the unique opportunity to not only connect directly with future college and career options, but attend a variety of video presentations to help them on their journey. We encourage high schools and teachers to consider “sending” their students to this event to assist with their career exploration!

If you are a school administrator or teacher and would like to learn more about the benefits of sending your students to this event, please contact Tami McBride at the NCESD.

Date & Time

Tuesday, November 2
10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Virtual/Online Event via the Brazen Platform

Registration

This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Deadline to register is October 29.

Attendee Registration

Conference Agenda

The event features a variety of video presentations for students to learn tips and tricks for next steps in their career. Attendees will be able to watch the video presentations and visit with representatives at exhibitor booths as they see fit for their own personal needs. For those interested in attending all video presentations, the last 40 minutes of the event is open for just visiting with exhibitor booths.

Below is a timetable schedule of the presentations throughout the morning. Use the “toggle section” to learn more about each session and the speaker.

 

Meet the Presenter

Rigo Garcia | Youth Advocate, Community Champion

Rigo is passionate about connecting young people to bright futures. As a youth in Compton and Watts, in California, Rigo grew up facing street conflicts and social challenges in these neighborhoods that were active with gang violence. The sense of connection and support that gangs offered were a lifeline, but down the road Rigo learned hard lessons about where that path leads. When he decided to switch things up and move in a different direction, Rigo faced new challenges, but in that journey, he found a connection to purpose and possibility. Rigo went back to school and earned his diploma and his degree. Rigo began working with at-risk youth at SkillSource—a local nonprofit agency that works to assist disengaged youth to get back on track. He was then hired by Wenatchee Valley College as their first Completion Coach and was a member of the DREAMERS task force at Wenatchee Valley College where he supported 100’s of young adults who were also trying to navigate a path towards a brighter future. In 2018, Rigo decided it was time for him to pursue another personal dream, and applied to Law School at Gonzaga and his journey is continuing now, as he celebrates passing the Bar Exam on his way to practicing law and restoring hope to young people in the communities he serves.

Gone are the days of finding meaningful work through newspapers and dropping paper resumes off at the front desk of high rise buildings. With these changes in the marketplace we can also say goodbye to the days where our only work options are those in our immediate geographical area. But how do you promote your skills and “get found” by the very businesses you’d like to work for? And how can you work for amazing companies all over the world, without ever leaving the town you love? The answer is in your pocket.

Meet the Presenter

Holly Flick | Content Marketing Director, Etison
Holly works with entrepreneurs to help build digital products and publishing platforms that support the business objectives of the company. Holly has worked in the software as a service (SaaS) industry for 20 years and digital marketing for the past decade. Holly works with companies all over the world and lives with her four children in Cashmere, WA where she loves to take advantage of all things outdoor recreation.

Financial Aid 101

With 15 years of experience on Financial Aid and college awareness, Gaby will show students that with good planning and effort higher education is not a dream, it is a plan. It doesn’t matter if it is a 4 year college, tech school or military. You can do it, and Gaby can help!

Meet the Presenter

Gaby Fernandez | Family and Student Engagement Specialist, North Central ESD

As a Family and Student Engagement Specialist at the North Central ESD, Gaby assists, supports and engages Migrant families in regional districts. Before her time at the NCESD, Gaby worked for 15 years with the GEAR UP Program in the Wenatchee School District and also supported and partnered with the Migrant Program in bringing higher education awareness and preparation for students from middle school to high school.

Whether you are heading to college or searching for a new job, your digital footprint tells future educators and employers about the kinds of issues that matter most to you, your future goals, and your priorities. No matter how temporary you think a post or social media forum is, the digital footprint you leave can have an impact on your future career. Join Analee to learn how you can put your best digital face out there!

Meet the Presenter

Analee Calvillo | Program Manager/Latinx Outreach, NCW Tech Alliance

At NCW Tech Alliance, Analee provides programming and resources in technology, entrepreneurship, and STEM Education. She earned her B.S. in Organizational Communication Studies and her M.S. in Public Administration where she studied public, private, and non-profit management. Analee is passionate about bringing opportunities to her Latinx community because that is where she found mentors, leaders, and advocates that helped shape her into the strong, resilient, and professional Latina she is today.

Are you a hands-on learner interested in the trades? Learn more about apprenticeship, allowing you to earn money while you learn at school and a local employer. AJAC offers Youth Apprenticeship through CB Tech, as well as a virtual pre-apprenticeship program to help you gain fundamental manufacturing skills and be placed at local employers. Join us to learn more about how to engage in these programs and launch your career in manufacturing.

Meet the Presenter

Heather Collins | Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)

The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) is a non-profit organization that provides apprenticeships and training in the Advanced Manufacturing industry. We partner with local high schools, colleges, and employers to support the manufacturing workforce. As the Manager of Business and Regional Development, I help establish and maintain these programs throughout Central Washington.

A struggle when promoting yourself is identifying your skills. Here you will learn how challenging attributes can be turned into skills, how to derive skills form daily tasks and how to own and market them with confidence.

Meet the Presenter

Daiam Navarro | Community Liaison, WorkSource Wenatchee Valley

Daiam builds relationships throughout the community to facilitate access to resources available to students, job seekers and/or business owners. This includes increasing WorkSource awareness, removing barriers to employment, providing 1on1 career coaching and facilitating connections for Spanish speaking and/or justice involved customers.

A resume is a key essential in job hunting. Maria will teach you resume tips and tricks to build your own custom resume. You will learn about appropriate formats, key word usage, limiting length, and avoiding acronyms. Regardless of whether you have work experience or not, we will help you identify and include content to rock your resume! A great resume can be the difference in getting your next job!

Meet the Presenter

Maria Maravilla | Business Representative, WorkSource Wenatchee Valley

Maria directly supports Chelan and Douglas county businesses through their hiring needs. This includes establishing employers within WorkSourceWA.com to reach qualified candidates, delivering and interpreting local labor market information to effectively target our workforce, and connecting employers to partner and community organizations for a complete service package – with the ultimate goal of bridging the employment gap; connecting employers and job seekers.

Are you a high school student getting ready to interview for a job? It can be challenging when you haven’t done it before, but putting your best foot forward during the interview is a critical step towards landing a great job, and a valuable skill to develop for the future. Hear from a Human Resource Manager, Stela Heuschkel, some tips to help you to take advantage of every interviewing opportunity.

Meet the Presenter

Stela Heuschkel | Human Resource Manager, Chemi-Con Materials

Stela has been with Chemi-Con Materials for over 23 years. Human Resources is her dream job, and she loves helping people to get jobs and excel at what they are doing.

Entrepreneurship is a dream for many young people. Do you have a brilliant idea for a business? Do you dream about working for yourself one day? Entrepreneurship can be rewarding and fulfilling, but it comes with challenges too. Jenny will share her experiences in building and operating two restaurants in Wenatchee. Plus, if you are interested in technology startups, she’ll share a little about the Flywheel Investment Conference.

Meet the Presenter

Jenny Rojanasthein | Executive Director, NCW Tech Alliance

Jenny has served as the Executive Director of NCW Tech Alliance since 2015, leading programming and resources in technology, entrepreneurship, and STEM Education across six counties in rural Washington. Jenny founded the Flywheel Investment Conference and leads the Flywheel Angel Network. In addition, she co-directs the Apple STEM Network. Jenny and her husband operate two restaurants in Wenatchee: Atlas Fare and The Thai Restaurant. Jenny is passionate about improving the quality of life in North Central Washington through her role at the NCW Tech Alliance and her hospitality businesses.

Quick Links

Frequently Asked Questions for Attendees

This career exploration event is a great way for students to explore local careers, complete their High School and Beyond Plans, as well as connect directly with local employers and college programs.

Yes, students will get the most out of this event by logging into their own device and separate account on the Brazen platform. This allows them to engage in one-on-one text-based chats with business/college representatives.

This event is free to attend! We highly encourage high school students and college students (or recent grads) to attend.

No! Students can drop in anytime within the 3 hours of the expo and are encouraged to attend during the time(s) that fit their schedule.

Yes. In as little as 20 minutes, students can connect with up to four representatives from separate booths one time.

Yes, students can use any device to access and explore the virtual event. Brazen is a secure platform that functions on PCs, tablets, laptops or smartphones.

Our staff is available to support attendees access the event platform and get the most out of the event. 

Office Hours for Tech Support:

  • October 5th at Noon – 1pm
  • October 20 at 8am – 9am

If you would like to attend one (or both) of these office hours, please email Tami McBride or Maria Maravilla for the Zoom link. Details will also be included in the confirmation email after you register for the event.

 

Thank You Sponsors & Partners

Join us as an exhibitor & connect with students from NCW!

The Virtual NCW Career Expo & Conference is a great opportunity for regional educational institutions and businesses to connect with over 3,000 young adults from across Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Grant counties.

During the 2021 Virtual Career Expo & Conference, exhibitors, which include colleges and employers, will set up a “virtual booth” 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.

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.

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

Date & Time

Tuesday, November 2
10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Virtual/Online Event via the Brazen Platform

Registration

There is no cost to be an exhibitor at this event, but the Expo staff does have the right to not accept your registration if your organization doesn’t align the purpose of this event.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 27.

Exhibitor Registration

Frequently Asked Questions for Exhibitors

Our team will enter your information into the Brazen platform and you will receive a confirmation email from “North Central Educational Service District” from notifications@brazen.com. Please check your junk mail or do a search to find this confirmation email from Brazen. This confirmation email from Brazen will allow you to login to Brazen and set up your booth.

If you don’t receive the email from Brazen, go to www.brazen.com, go to Log In, and set up a password linked to the email you used for your registration. It will take you to a page of all the events you signed up for. You can click on the event and it will take you to the page for you to set up your booth!

Please have at least 1 person available at your virtual booth from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m on November 2. We recommend that you have multiple representatives to accommodate the volume of students we anticipate for the event. 

Please have your booth set up and ready to go on the Brazen platform by Friday, October 29th! Effective booths use a combination of pictures, videos and written materials to engage students such as: types of jobs in your specific industry, the education required for those jobs, salaries and/or soft skills that are helpful for those jobs and industries. Students may visit your booth without ever text-base chatting to a representative, so the content you use matters.

We have a lot of resources available to help you make the most of your virtual booth. Please email Tami McBride or call 509-899-3848 for more information.

Our staff is available to support exhibitors with the event platform and get the most out of the event. 

Office Hours for Tech Support:

  • October 5th at Noon – 1pm
  • October 20 at 8am – 9am

If you would like to attend one (or both) of these office hours, please email Tami McBride or Maria Maravilla for the Zoom link. Details will also be included in the confirmation email after you register for the event.

Our team is happy to answer any of your questions. Please email Tami McBride or call 509-899-3848 and she will help direct you to the correct resource!

Thank you Sponsors & Partners