Too often, students with disabilities find themselves left out of college and career readiness conversations. That’s why we have been partnering with DC schools and community members to make sure we’re helping students and schools think about “What’s Next?” after high school.
In November we hosted 217 students from 19 different public, charter, and non-public schools at our “Next Steps Career Fair” to learn about various careers, local education and training opportunities, and community resources.
Holding this career fair on the campus of one of the most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation, Howard University, provided a safe and inspiring environment for students – a majority of whom are Black or students of color – to explore their futures.
The fair included live demonstrations from DC business owners and professionals including some business owners who have disabilities, themselves. Some of the most popular career demonstrations that day included a chef, a hairstylist, a forensics expert, and a yoga instructor.
We also welcomed disability support offices from local community colleges & universities, community resources, and representatives from DC Government agencies. When students weren’t learning about career paths and college admission options, they were having a great time with our 360 photo booth.
Students reported to us that they really valued what the day had to offer. 89% of students reported to us they learned something new or felt more empowered.
We’re proud to be partnering with high schools across the district year-round to help make sure students with disabilities have the opportunity to pursue their interests, whether that means exploring a career or applying to a training program or college. In addition to career fairs we will be launching Work-Based Learning Experiences where we have students visit businesses. You can learn more about our DC3C programs here.
Want to be involved in our 2023 Next Steps Fair? Contact us.