Almost $4,000 in scholarships available at technology career fair

The Fourth Annual Kaua‘i Technology Career Fair Sunday will be held in conjunction with Kaua‘i Community College’s annual American Culinary Federation Breakfast.

“I encourage families, especially those with pre-teens and teenagers, to attend the fair,” Mayor Bryan Baptiste said in an Office of Economic Development release. “A lot of information about the technology field will be offered at the fair. We’re hoping this will inspire more of our youngsters to pursue high-tech careers.”

The fair, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon at KCC, features exhibits by high-tech companies, workshops, hands-on activities, information about high-tech jobs available on the island and rocket-launching demonstrations by students in rocketry programs around the island.

Students attending the fair qualify for random drawings giving away 15 $200 scholarships toward tuition or academic supplies at KCC. To qualify for the scholarships, participants must be middle school students or older with the intention to enroll at KCC.

“Thanks to the generosity of Kaua‘i’s business community, over $17,000 in scholarships have been awarded over the last four years, offering our children a chance to expand their educational opportunities,” Baptiste said.

Nine high-tech companies have signed up to exhibit at the technology career fair, along with the Kaua‘i Economic Development Board, Pacific Missile Range Facility and WorkWise!

The fair is sponsored by KCC, KEDB and the OED.

“The timing of the fair coincides with KCC’s annual American Culinary Federation fund-raising breakfast so that we can take advantage of the 2,000-plus visitors who are already on campus that morning, and allow them to see more of what we offer,” said KCC Chancellor Peggy Cha.

The Kaua‘i Technology Fair was initiated by Baptiste to encourage Kaua‘i youngsters to pursue degrees and careers in high technology on Kaua‘i.

Another component, the Adopt-a-School program, involves partnerships between every public school on Kaua‘i and local high-tech companies.

Other elements of Team Tech Kaua‘i include the Kaua‘i In-STEP science show presented annually to every fourth-, sixth- and eighth-grader on Kaua‘i, and a high-tech jobs Web site designed for tech companies and Kaua‘i job-seekers.

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