The City of Bastrop, Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, and Workforce Solutions have once again partnered with Bastrop Independent School District to host the Annual Bastrop Youth Career Day. This will be the fourth year for the event, and will be from 9:00 a.m. to noon on April 20, 2018, at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center.

    This year’s keynote speaker will be Aaron Alejandro, who serves as the executive director of the Texas FFA Foundation, where he has successfully secured the financial backing to enable the organization to develop young people who can become good stewards and leaders of their home, community, state and nation. Aaron’s leadership started young: in 1985, he became the first -- and to date only -- Hispanic state president for the Texas FFA Association. He has also served in a variety of professional positions, including as a district director for a U.S. Congressman. Aaron is a nationally known speaker and organizational trainer.

    Leo Cardenas, a public speaker, coach, consultant and trainer, will be leading a session about the importance of soft skills. And new to the Youth Career Day this year will be a “Dress for Success” demo. There will also be vocational training and post-secondary educators on hand to interact with the students, as well as military recruiters and first responders. Job coaching will also be available for the students. Circuit of The Americas is even bringing a race car this year!

    Sophomores and juniors 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 career opportunities. Students will also get a chance to learn about their summer job options.

    “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.”