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JA, Trumbull Education Center Partner for College and Trades Conference

September 25, 2019

NILES, Ohio – Junior Achievement of the Mahoning Valley and the Trumbull County Educational Service Center will host businesses and colleges as part of the inaugural College Career and Trades Conference Oct. 29.

Held in the former Sears space at the Eastwood Mall, the conference will welcome more than 3,500 students from all 21 high schools in Trumbull County in the morning session, scheduled to run 8 a.m. to noon. An evening session, 5 to 7 p.m., is open to the public.

The conference will give attendees the chance to meet with businesses and colleges to discuss career opportunities and the best route for finding jobs that are the right fit for them.

“In doing so, we are better able to guide our students along the right pathway, whether they choose to attend college, pursue a skilled trade or simply enter the workforce,” said Dennis Holloway, supervisor of the Trumbull Student Assistance Consortium at the service center, in a statement. “We have exposed them to options and provided resources so they can be successful.”

More than 50 businesses and colleges have committed to attend. Guest speakers will also be giving presentations on college planning, career readiness and growing job fields.

“This conference is just one of the ways Junior Achievement is a solution provider for businesses and schools by showing students the value of an education,” said Junior Achievement President Michele Merkel. “We bridge the gap of what they are learning in the classroom with the real world, and equipping them with the skills and tools they need to be successful in school and their futures.”

Space is still available for organizations that want to participate. For more information or to register as an organization, contact Kim Urig at or 330 539 5286.

More information on the College Career and Trades Conference is available here.

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