When I Grow Up expo to offer hands-on experiences, contests and much more

The HISD Career and Technical Education Department will host its second annual When I Grow Up expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St.

The free family event will feature hands-on experiences from more than 60 Houston employers in the energy, engineering, retail, cosmetology, college, financial, and automotive industries, as well as performances, competitions, food trucks and more.

“The goal of the event is to expose students to the wide variety of careers in our region that they may not typically think or know about,” said Mike Webster, director of Career and Technical Education for HISD.

Beginning with elementary students, the When I Grow Up expo seeks to provide career awareness and exploration activities to students and their families while students in middle and high school can learn about how to get to the next phase in their future career pathway, focusing on in-demand fields in the local job market.

Last year’s inaugural event drew thousands of attendees from all over Houston. More than 20 schools and their career and technical education programs demonstrated their talents, while live and interactive displays covered a wide variety of high growth, high demand career fields.

For more information, contact Dana Sturdevant at 713-556-7231