GARY | An upcoming Gary Chamber of Commerce seminar is targeted for students looking to forge a career, parents who want to see their kids prosper, and job seekers searching for a place in the workforce.
The free seminar will take place between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Saturday at the Gary Career Center, 1800 E. 35th Ave. Attendees can enjoy a continental breakfast and will get freebies, such as iTunes cards and Indiana National Guard backpacks, said Theresa Jamison, co-chair of the economic/business development committee of the Gary Chamber of Commerce.
They also can learn about what job skills are most in demand in today's workplace, and what educational opportunities are available.
The chamber wanted to put together a symposium to discuss how to improve the Gary's educational environment, and also to give parents and students the chance to meet with business leaders.
"Education is pivotal to the leaders of tomorrow," Jamison said. "Whether you want to have your own small business or work for a major corporation, education is the driver for your life. There's going to be a lot of information to take away, and I hope it motivates people to move forward with their lives."
Speakers at the seminar will address educational and employment challenges faced by students, parents and job seekers. They plan to cover how to students can get careers off the ground, and what mentoring programs could help them along the way.
"We've learned that there's a plethora of beneficial programs in place, and want to get that information filtered out," Jamison said. "For instance, there's the Jobs for American Graduates program that mentors students in small groups and offers them job shadowing opportunities with different companies."
A discussion panel will include Gary Schools Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt, State. Rep. Vernon Smith, Indiana University Northwest professor Rochelle Brock and other speakers. Topics include criminal record expungement legislation, adopt-a-school programs, urban teaching and initiatives for graduating students.
More free seminars are planned for the future.