On April 9th, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) representatives Amy Gandy and Micheal Smyth traveled to the Mylan Park Expo Center in Morgantown, West Virginia to host a booth at the Monongalia Technical Education Center Career Fair. The MTEC Career Fair is an event designed to help middle school students explore possible career paths.
The NAFTC’s booth at the career fair included a display of the consortium’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator, a third-generation cutaway Prius with an iPad attached. The vehicle drew a lot of attention from students. They were excited to interact with an iPad and intrigued by the fact that the vehicle was a cutaway.
Middle school students interact with NAFTC’s “Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator (HEVTE), a third-generation cutaway Prius, at the MTEC Career Fair on April 9, 2013. Credit: MTEC.
NAFTC’s project manager, Amy Gandy, commented that the career fair was well-attended. “There were an impressive number of businesses that were represented and the place was just packed,” Gandy said. “It was a very successful event.”
The event drew businesses from a wide variety of backgrounds, including experience in agriculture, science and natural resources, arts and humanities, business and marketing, engineering and technical, health science education, and human services. Around 800 students from local middle schools attended the event, although not every student was able to visit each booth.
The career fair was organized by Monongalia County Schools Business and Industry Coordinator Judy Pratt, and was supported by several sponsors, including Dr. Diana Frum of D.D.S., Inc.; Key Logics Systems, Inc.; Laurita, Inc.; MedExpress Urgent Care; Monongalia General Hospital; Morgantown Area Economic Partnership; Mylan Park Expo Center (Hazel & J.W. Ruby Community Center); NASA WV Space Grant Consortium; Sheetz; March-Westin Company, Inc.; WV Region VI Workforce Investment Board, Inc.; and WVU HealthCare.
Prior to the career fair, students from MTEC updated HEVTE’s paint job. While the majority of HEVTE had been painted blue a couple of years ago, a few spots of the original red trim were still visible. The MTEC students gained hands-on painting experience in their school’s painting room.
Thanks, to the industrious students at MTEC from the NAFTC. Credit: NAFTC.