The City of Bastrop, Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, and Bastrop Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Bastrop Independent School District and other local organizations to present the Second Annual Bastrop Youth Career Day, scheduled for May 18, 2016, at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center.

This year’s event will include special guest speaker Michael Hosford, a Bastrop native who has overcome many obstacles in his life, panel discussions with local business leaders, vocational training opportunities, and -- back by popular demand -- the “Patent Pending” Improv Troupe from the Bastrop High School Performing Arts Department. Military recruiters, first responders, and PHI Helicopter Company, as well as post-secondary educators, including trade schools and local colleges, will also be on hand to interact with the students.

Juniors and seniors from Bastrop and Cedar Creek 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 also 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.”