Job fair held for students with disabilities

Job fair held for students with disabilities

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of students in Jackson County with disabilities are more informed about their future. A transitions job far was held in Pascagoula Friday to help them realize their potential.

For Leighann Allen and her daughter Dakota, the fair was a great way to find out about the area. They just moved to Jackson County in February. But, Allen says this opportunity benefited everyone who filed through.

"I think it's a great idea because it will help them know what's going on in their community so they can be more involved," said Allen.

The event was led by several people including the director of special education for the Pascagoula Gautier School District, Patricia Keaney.

"We want students to know what there is beyond graduation," said Keaney.

To accomplish this, organizers invited businesses to meet and interact with students from all four school districts in the county. But before the networking began, an inspirational message was delivered to the students by motivational speaker Tee McCovey.

"We're trying to give them a pathway to prosperity. To try to get them to understand that the decisions they make from this point on will affect their future," said McCovey.

McCovey believes the students have dreams and aspirations just like anybody else.

"It's a good thing for the students so we can learn what to do when we get older and have a good career," said student Jarious Dixon.

Students were able to learn about numerous careers, including jobs in finance, or the shipbuilding industry. Ninth grader, Camron Danley, said he was interested in a career at Ingalls Shipbuilding. But, he said it was fun expanding his horizons.

"It's pretty nice. It's interesting learning about different things," said Danley.

The students were able to learn about different careers, and meet and greet with those in the field of their choice. And many of the students were glad to get the wheels turning on what may lie ahead for them.

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