Students ponder careers at job expo

Staff writer

CANYONVILLE — What do you want to be when you grow up?

That was the question some Days Creek Charter School students pondered Wednesday at the Southern Oregon Careers Trade Expo at the 7 Feathers Convention Center.

High school juniors and seniors from Douglas, Coos, Curry, Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties.

Several dozen employers made their pitch to teens and adults alike. Employers ranged from the armed forces, truck driving to welding … and everything in between.

“Everywhere you went, people wanted us to work for them,” junior Bailey Stufflebeam said.

The nation is in a employment crunch, with more jobs available than people seeking jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Junior Raime Wheeler said the expo made her consider jobs she hadn’t before, like the National Guard.

The National Guard “will pay for college,” Wheeler said. “They said you get paid everyday you serve, like in training and drills.”

Days Creek students volunteered at the expo by picking up returnable bottles as a school fundraiser.