CANYONVILLE, Ore. -- More than 2,000 high school students from 47 counties gathered at Seven Feathers Casino and Resort for the Southern Oregon Trade Careers Expo Thursday.
This was the second year of the biannual event.
Organizers say the purpose of the expo is to show high schoolers all the trade career paths they could take without a college degree.
More than 100 organizations from all over Oregon set up hands-on exhibitor activities for the students to try.
“This event has been showing off a lot of careers that haven’t really been in the mainstream,” said Kamryn Woodring, a senior at Phoenix Charter School in Roseburg. “Like construction careers. People don’t really think about that, especially the more in-depth ones.”
Organizers say all the students consisted of juniors and seniors. They also say the expo opened up to transitioning military veterans after the students left midday.