Freshman career fair could go virtual

Meghan Flynn
Carlos Bluvan, left, talks with a group of Garden City High School freshmen about computer tech support during a past career fair in the GCHS commons area. The fair gave freshmen a chance to learn more about a variety of careers from over 50 area professionals. Bluvan is with the Finey County IT department. The annual event, by the Finney County Economic Development Corp., could become a virtual event with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The freshman career fair at Garden City High School may look a bit different this year.

Nicole Hahn, vice president of Community Development with the Finney County Economic Development Corporation gave an update on the career fair at Wednesday’s regular FCEDC board meeting.

Hahn said she had to slow down the planning the career fair for the coming school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I'm all for the Freshman Career Fair, but that's 500 kids in the same room and really close proximity, I had to put the breaks on that,” she said. “We'll probably be doing some Zooms in July to see where they're going to go with that, we're still waiting on guidance from the Department of Education.”

Some guidance is expected to come from the Kansas State Department of Education on July 10, Hahn said.

Creativity may be needed to hold the career fair this year, Hahn said. They need to roll with the punches.

“We may have to get really creative on some type of virtual Freshman Career Fair ... but we'll see what they do on the 10th and kind of move forward with probably hoping to do a traditional, in-person one but also with the option of if we need to go virtual then we can,” she said.

In other business, FCEDC President/CEO gave updates on several projects.

The projects include:

  • Project 6-20, which is a manufacturing development. DuVall said it’s moving rapidly.
  • Prospect 4-20, which is a private infrastructure improvement project. They have provided local utility contacts and they are moving forward.
  • Prospect 3-20, which is a logistics company. FCEDC has sent them a few sites to consider.
  • Prospect 1-20, also known as project Proxima by the Kansas Department of Commerce RFI, DuVall said it’s a manufacturing project. They have had a lot of follow up wit the company.
  • Prospect 8-18-1, also known as Project Birmingham or Empirical Foods, they are working on an infrastructure package to be put before to the city commission for the development agreement.