WOW School Information

Purpose


The world of work is full of exciting opportunities for today's youth! The WOW Youth Expo features a keynote speaker, mock interviews, and 100+ engaging exhibitors from business/industry, post-secondary schools, and regional organizations. This event provides students in 8th-12th grade a unique opportunity to engage with exhibitors from a variety of career clusters and perhaps help them identify or verify their career pathway! View last year's video and pictures!

The 2017 WOW Youth Expo will be held on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 from 9:00am - 2:00pm at the Abilene Convention Center (1100 N. 6th St.). There is no cost for schools to participate in this event! Registration is due by October 25th!

Download the WOW 2017 flyer for school participants! 

Help prepare your students by working with them on the career day worksheet designed specifically for WOW!

Keynote Speaker


This year's keynote speaker is EJ Carrion. EJ is a best-selling author, successful entrepreneur, and prominent thought-leader on student success. EJ grew up in a low-income community and a single-parent household. He overcame his circumstances to graduate from both high school and college with honors, and was a recipient of the prestigious Bill Gates Scholarship. EJ is the co-founder of Student Success Agency, a premier academic training organization that pairs teens across the U.S. with near-peer advisors to help improve their high school-to-college transitional skills and help them succeed in the real world.
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Exhibitors


This event features 100+ interactive exhibitors focused on educating students about opportunities in their organization. This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage with employers, post-secondary schools, and organizations to help them prepare for their future. The event also features student organizations and programs (ex: robotics, culinary, agriculture, votech, etc.). If your school is interested in showcasing a star program please indicate your interest on the registration form!

Mock Interviews


We are excited to offer mock interviews for junior and senior students at this event. Partners from industry and the community will be available to meet with senior students for a 15-20 minute mock interview while at WOW. Interviews will be come and go and will take place in the upstairs room at the Convention Center. 

Please include a firm number of students who would like to participate in this opportunity on your registration form. Additional information will be sent out prior to the event. Please ensure your students are prepared for the interview. Résumés are encouraged. 

2017 WOW Youth Expo Ambassadors!


WOW Student Ambassadors serve as spokespeople for the event. They are the "faces" of the event and will be seen/heard throughout local media outlets as well as serve as leaders during the event. Check back to see who is selected!

Get Registered!

Like what you see?! Don't wait! Register today to reserve your spot! There are 3 "start times" for schools to choose from which will allow students to hear from the keynote speaker and then visit with exhibitors. View the schedule and decide which group start time(s) would work best for your school. Once a start time is full it will be closed.

UPDATE ***The 9:30am and 10:30am start times are full and no longer open for registration.***
  
Please select the appropriate registration form below. Registration is due by October 25th!
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Questions? 

 Visit our FAQ page or contact staff at (325) 795-4327 or by email