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Videos will be shared on Workforce's social media profiles, website, and through other marketing initiatives. They will also be used for CTE Month (February) and be made available to educators, parents, and students. Submitted videos will be considered the exclusive property of Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas.
Yes, please ensure that video participants have releases filed with the school. The video submission form has a section that addresses the media releases and video rights once submitted. We have also provided our media release form if you would like to use it.
Middle school and high school students within our 19 county region are invited to participate.
Yes, a teacher can sponsor multiple students or groups.
To promote awareness of Texas careers in a student's region and to generate local resources for students, parents, educators, and the general public.
Students from a licensed/accredited school are able to participate. However, they will require a teacher sponsor.
Middle school divisions will include 6th-8th grades and high school divisions will include 9th-12th grades.
Yes; however, each entry must be unique. The same clips, information, pictures, dialog, etc. can not be used in multiple videos.
Yes! Formalized organizations such as Student Council, National Honor Society, FFA, etc. are able to participate. If you're not sure if your group is considered a "school-sponsored" group please feel free to reach out to us with any questions (email@example.com or 325-795-4303).
$15,000 total is being awarded to teachers for their classrooms based on 31 different categories. Prizes will range from $200-$2,500.
A video can only win (1) division/class prize (including overall and grand prize). A winning class/division video can win a (or multiple) "Best in Cluster" prize(s). Prizes!
The sponsoring teacher for each of the winning videos will receive the prize money to be used for his/her classroom.
Prize money can be spent at the teacher's discretion on classroom supplies, learning materials, educational resources, etc. A small amount (subject to approval) is eligible to be used for classroom celebrations recognizing the student finalists.
This project is funded by the Texas Workforce Commission through a state-wide initiative (Careers in Texas Industries Week). Workforce offices across the state are promoting Texas careers in a variety of ways.
There are 3 Classes (1A/2A, 3A/4A, & 5A/6A) and 2 Divisions (Middle School and High School) which creates 6 groups. 1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded for each group. There will also be 2 "Best in Division" prizes awarded, one for middle school and one for high school, along with a Grand Prize which can go to either a middle school or high school student/group. 16 additional awards will be presented to the entry who best represents their career cluster! Prizes!
Receipts or purchase orders will be required to be provided by the teacher for items purchased with the prize money. Documentation should be submitted by December 5th, 2017. A W-9 and Conflict of Interest form will also need to be completed and submitted by the teacher.
The winning videos will be announced on Wednesday, September 27th at our Red Carpet Premiere at The Historic Paramount Theatre (352 Cypress, Abilene 79601) from 10am-12pm. All video participants, schools, employers, judges, parents, and partner organizations are invited to attend. Schools will be notified by September 25th if their videos were selected as finalists.
Any students, teachers, or employers who participated in the video contest are invited to attend the Red Carpet event. We hope all finalists are able to attend!
Videos must be submitted in a .wmv, .mov, .mpg, or .mpeg format.
No, students are encouraged to explore video creation and produce their own videos.
Entries are due by 5PM on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017.
The Careers In Action video contest is part of Careers in Texas Industries Week, a state-wide initiative sponsored by the Texas Workforce Commission running Sept. 25th-30th. The contest deadline is set to ensure video submissions can be judged and finalists notified in time for the Red Carpet event taking place during that week.
Please submit videos through our website. If the file size is larger than 20 MB please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (325) 795-4303 for alternative submission options.
Local employers, educators, and students will serve as judges.
Videos will be scored based on:
At minimum, videos must include: an introductory title frame, information regarding essential knowledge, skills, and abilities, career pathway information (high school, post-secondary, and employment opportunities), local, regional, and/or state employers, and video credits. Additional content/information can certainly be included! Be creative!
One important part of career exploration is engaging with people in the field. We strongly encourage students to visit with employers/people in the field in order to learn more about the work environment, opportunities for advancement, required knowledge, skills, and abilities, etc. Interviews will earn extra points!
The total time from the start of the introductory title frame to the end of the credits must be between 1-3 minutes. Please include a 3-5 second pause between the end of the title frame and the beginning of your video. Any videos that do not fall within the 1-3 minute timeframe will lose points in the scoring criteria.
The Texas career clusters can be viewed at the provided link.
We have a few listed on our website but feel free to explore additional sites!
The introductory title frame should include: campus name, sponsoring teacher's name, career cluster, and entry name. This information should be provided at the very beginning of the video as it will be used by the judges to identify the entries. The entry name should clearly identify your group, especially if the teacher is sponsoring multiple entries.
We welcome the students' creativity in producing their video and they are welcome to highlight one specific career or cover the cluster broadly.
We know some schools are already at work creating videos related to careers (ex: RUS grant) and welcome schools to use and expand upon their existing content.
Please discuss this with the mass layoff coordinator, who will give you the definite date. This may clear up any question that you might have with regard to column 25 (Claim Week Earnings) on your record that you submit.
If your employees were paid wages instead of giving them advance notice of the layoff, they are not eligible for benefits during the period covered by these wages.
It is suggested that the employer request a starting date that will coincide with his payroll date to simplify the timekeeping procedures.
A 10'x10' booth space can be purchased for $50. Additional booth spaces are available for $25 each, but some years we have a sponsor to help with the cost. So be sure to check with us!
The 10'x10' space comes with 1 table, 2 chairs, electricity, free WiFi, continental breakfast, and 2 lunch tickets.
Yes! Nonprofits can purchase their booth space at half price.
Yes! We use PayPal to securely process credit card transactions online. After the registration form is complete, you will have the option of paying via PayPal on the confirmation page.
Yes! Checks for booth fees and extra lunch tickets can be made out and sent to us at the address below:
Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas
ATTN: WOW Youth Expo
500 Chestnut, Suite 1200
Abilene, TX 79602
The WOW Youth Expo is at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N 6th Street, Abilene, TX 79601
The expo portion of the event begins at 10am and ends at 2pm. Get there early for free continental breakfast!
Yes! Booth fees include 2 free lunch tickets. If a business or organization needs more than 2 tickets for their representatives, they can be purchased for $10 each prior to the event.
The key to attracting youth to your booth is to have ENGAGING hands-on materials, activities, games, competitions, etc. The more real-world engagement your booth has, the more students will interact. Also, sending representatives who students can relate to is beneficial.
Exhibitors can bring in equipment and materials from 3-5pm the day before, or from 8-10am the day of. We just ask that you have your booth ready by 10am the morning of the event for students to enter the expo area at 10:15am.
We hope you will! Small vehicles, boats, etc. can fit in the exhibit hall. There is also outdoor exhibit space for large vehicles, cranes, machinery, trailers, etc.
Mock interviews are offered to junior and senior students, and provide the opportunity to practice an important skill in a real world setting with area professionals. This portion of the event will be "free flowing". As students check-in they will be paired with an interviewer. If all interviewers are matched then students will wait until an interviewer is available.
Interviews will begin at 10:20am and go until around 1:50pm. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to participate in an interview once released from the keynote, before they start visiting with the exhibitors.
Individual interviews will last approximately 20 minutes. They may be shorter or longer depending on how prepared the student is and how many questions the interviewer has.
Mock interviews will be held in a separate conference room of the Convention Center, away from exhibitor activities. The room will be setup with rows of tables and chairs for interviewers and interviewees. The exact room location will be sent prior to the event, and clearly marked the day-of!
Standard questions encountered in an interview for a real world job. Interviewers will be provided a list of sample questions for the interview as well as a feedback form; however, the interviewer will ultimately determine what questions he/she asks and the feedback provided.
Nope, just an interest in helping our youth prepare for their future!
The WOW Youth Expo features a keynote speaker and 100+ engaging exhibitors from business/industry, post-secondary schools, and regional organizations, as well as mock interviews for juniors and seniors. This event provides students a unique opportunity to engage with exhibitors from a variety of career clusters, immerse themselves in the world of work, and perhaps help them identify or verify their career pathway!
Parents are encouraged to visit the event anytime between 10am and 2pm. Pre-event registration for parents is not required but highly encouraged. If you would like to register, we would like you to do so by November 10th so we have enough materials prepared! Pre-registration can be found on the Parent Information page.
Nope! The WOW Youth Expo is free for schools, students, and parents to participate!
The event is for students in 8th-12th grade.
Yes! There is a place on the registration form for you to tell us if there are multiple groups attending at different start times from your campus.
The time you select is the time your school starts the event experience. When students arrive at WOW, they immediately go in to the keynote address before visiting with exhibitors and conducting mock interviews. The same keynote is scheduled three times to "kickoff" the event for that group of participating students. Having three different start times allows us to stagger students throughout the duration of the event so everybody has a great experience!
Schools are welcome to arrive beginning 30 minutes prior to their designated start time. The group prior may still be in he keynote though, so students will have space to wait outside the auditorium until the doors open for their session. We suggest that 10-15 minutes early is a good window.
Parents are encouraged to visit the event anytime between 10am and 2pm. Pre-event registration for parents is not required but highly encouraged. If they would like to register, they need to do so by November 10th so we have enough materials prepared! Pre-registration can be found on the Parent Information page.
Check out the idea and resources on the Making WOW Great webpage for ways to make the most of the event.
We also have a student worksheet designed specifically to help students get ready beforehand and actively engage with exhibitors on-site. Just let us know how many worksheets you need and we'll mail them to your school!
Absolutely! We love having students participate as exhibitors to highlight programs, groups, or initiatives at their school. Just let us know on the registration form that you're interested!
No, but there is space to accommodate schools wishing to provide lunch to their students on-site before returning to their campus. Just let us know on the registration form if you'll need space for your students to eat!
Yes! There is no minimum (or maximum) amount of students required to attend WOW. Students can register independently online through the Student Registration link.
The benefits are endless! Being a WOW sponsor means your organization is investing in our future workforce. It also: creates interest in your products and services, promotes your organization regionally, and provides name recognition to a highly desirable audience.
It depends on the level, but all sponsorships will include booth space and exposure in print and electronic media for an entire year. Check out our sponsorship opportunities for details.
Not a problem! We have customized packages to meet your needs. Just email us at email@example.com or call 325-795-4327.