Letter: South Portland career fair a big success

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The second South Portland High School-South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber Career Fair was a great success. Building on a fantastic first year, this year’s fair expanded to include sophomores and juniors – half of the high school population. Also expanded was the number and type of businesses, to include a wider range of professions.

The reviews from students and businesses alike have been overwhelmingly positive. Students were grateful to have the opportunity to think about future careers and talk with business professionals. Businesses appreciated the opportunity to meet their future employees and discuss career tracks.

As a follow-up, all students wrote at least one thank-you letter using formal business block-style format in their English classes. An extra bonus for students was receiving responses from some businesses. The networking, collaborating, and exchanging of information made this a real-world learning experience creating long-lasting connections.

In addition to the almost 50 businesses that participated, special thanks go to major sponsors; high school faculty, staff, and students, and Recreation Center employees. On behalf of the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber and the South Portland School Department, I would like to say to everyone who helped this all come together: job well done.

Jane Eberle
Director of business partnerships
South Portland School Department