Businesses needed for January career fair

Published 1:02 am Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It may be more than a few months out, but local career coaches are already requesting assistance from local businesses for the third annual Next Step Covington County Career Expo.

The event is set for Jan. 13, at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds.

Covington County Schools Career Coach Beth Dean said the past two events have been huge successes, bringing in more than 800 students and more than 80 businesses each day.

The event has previously garnered interest from the state career coach coordinator and Region 10 Workforce Development officials.

Students from Andalusia, Florala, Opp, Pleasant Home, Red Level and Straughn took advantage of the hands-on, interactive career exploration led by career professionals.

Dean said what makes the local expo unique is the interactive, engaging tools businesses use to illustrate their fields.

“We encourage businesses to bring displays that allow our students to get a hands-on idea of what careers are offered at the business or in the field,” she said. “We want students to know what careers are available in Covington County. It’s very helpful for our students to learn about what is achievable locally.”

Dean said that help from local businesses is essential to the success of the event.

“We want everyone involved,” she said. “Your help is greatly appreciated. We would love for any sponsors or businesses to contact us.”

For more info, email Dean at, or Polly Dubose at