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Conway Area Career Center students to demonstrate skills at expo

Posted: March 8, 2014 - 7:36pm

Area students are going to be showing off their skills at the Conway Home and Garden Expo, wrapping up today.

The Conway Area Career Center will have a booth at the expo showing off projects students have worked on this year, including an 8 x 10 storage building built by the construction technology students, a smoker built by the welding students, a flowerbed assembled by the agri students and snacks prepared by the culinary arts students.

Additionally, the storage building will be raffled off at the expo and business students from the career center will be introducing speakers throughout the weekend.

CACC is located on Conway High School’s campus and serves students from several area schools including Conway High School, Vilonia High School, Greenbrier High School and Quitman High School. Programs span a wide array of fields of study, including architectural drafting and design, agriculture, automotive collision technology, cosmetology, health science technology and welding.

When originally approached about participating in the Conway Home and Garden Expo, CACC Supervisor Jason Lawrence decided it would be good for the students to show their local community what they are learning at the career center.

“It’s a great opportunity to advertise the center because we get students from schools all around us,” he said. “I try to go out to each school around this time of year and talk to all the 10 graders, but to put what our students are creating on display lets people know who our students are and what our center does.”

Lawrence said he has heard the career center used to participate in the expo in the past, but in the two years he has been there they have not gone.

The career center’s area programs reach more than 800 students in the area and, Lawrence said, is the largest in the state.

Students attend the career center to participate in career-specific project-based learning during school hours.

Several programs within the career center have recently participated and been successful at competitions concerning their field. Lawrence said it is a good way for students to network and represent themselves and the career center at regional and national levels.

The Conway Home and Garden Expo will be today at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds. Tickets are $5, and children ages 12 and under get in free.

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