Third annual ‘When I Grow Up’ Expo scheduled for April 11

The “When I Grow Up” Career Expo is not your typical fair — there is something for children of all ages, Pre-K through high school.

More than 70 vendors will have displays and booths set up in the east parking lot of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th Street, 77092) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015. In case of rain, the event will move across the street to Northwest Mall.

Home Depot will be back with an interactive building project for children to create and take home. The Museum of Natural Science will bring their hands-on “Discovery Dome,” and there will be other mobile museums as well. Some of the competitions include a culinary contest, in which teams of students create a dish in a limited amount of time; a movie-making competition; and a construction competition, in which teams must build a better park bench in just two hours.

Last year, more than 3,000 attendees took advantage of the many speakers, performances, competitions, hands-on activities, and great food to consider possibilities for their future. The goal of the Expo is to expose students to the wide variety of careers available in the Houston metropolitan area. Representatives from top companies will be on hand to distribute materials, provide insight into their industries, and answer questions. In addition, many HISD schools will explain and demonstrate their Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

High-demand careers such as engineers and construction management will be well-represented, and there will be an informational Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) trailer, as well.

Jake, the Career Cowboy, will bring his new Career Ready Wagon, and there will also be professional makeovers by cosmetology students, as well as information about careers in the health sciences and other career clusters.

It is important for elementary and middle school students to start thinking about careers that interest them, as they will need to select a career pathway once they get to high school. High school students will also need to consider if they want to attend a two-year school, a four-year university, or become certified in an area that will prepare them for immediate entry into the workforce.

For more information, please see the “When I Grow Up” webpage, or call 713-556-6981.