The City of Bastrop, Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, and Workforce Solutions have partnered with Bastrop Independent School District and other local organizations to present the Third Annual Bastrop Youth Career Day, from 9:00 a.m. to noon on April 13, 2017, at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center. 

    This year’s event will include special guest speaker Kevin Koym, a seven-time startup veteran and CEO and founder of Tech Ranch Austin, a venture accelerator for early-stage technology companies. Kevin is a recognized pioneer in the startup community whose influence has been felt by over 5,700 entrepreneurs from over 38 countries. His motivation to work with startups stems from his belief that supported entrepreneurs create more innovation, which leads to more solutions to address society’s most pressing issues. As a result, Kevin is known worldwide for his work in establishing entrepreneur networks in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Singapore, Korea and Australia. 

    Also scheduled for this year’s event are panel discussions with local business leaders, vocational training opportunities, and job coaching for the students. Military recruiters, first responders, and PHI Helicopter Company, as well as post-secondary educators will also be on hand to interact with the students.

    Juniors and seniors from Bastrop ISD High Schools can ask questions, practice interview skills, and learn about current and future employment trends. Employers will be able to scout future employees, market their brand/name, and spread the word about their opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to apply for summer jobs, and the panel discussions will help them get a bigger picture of the difference between a job and a career.  

    “The youth job fair is a great opportunity for the students at Bastrop ISD,” added Les Hudson, director of Career and Technical Education at BISD, about last year’s Youth Career Day. “This job fair will create a conduit between the businesses that need employees and the students looking for career opportunities in the Bastrop area. This is also a great opportunity for our graduates that are going off to college to see that Bastrop has a lot to offer when they get their degree.”