Apsire Johnson County career fair

A job fair focused on connecting high school and college graduates with trade and manufacturing jobs is planned for Wednesday.

The job fair is the final section of a three-part career development series run by the Johnson County Development Corp. in a partnership with Central Nine Career Center and the Franklin campus of Ivy Tech Community College.

The goal of the program has been to inform high school and college students, along with their parents, about local job opportunities in trade and manufacturing fields that don’t require a four-year college degree, said Dana Monson, the interim executive director of the Johnson County Development Corp.

In the past month, the agency hosted events for students to receive job application training and for parents to learn about the different types of career options available to their children.

While students are most often pushed to attend college to get a four-year degree, many local trade and manufacturing jobs are available that offer competitive salaries with a high school diploma or two-year degree needed, she said.

“There are a number of great, well-paying jobs that do not require a four-year degree, jobs that are only going to grow in the future,” she said.

The job fair will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whiteland Community High School North Annex at 222 Tracy St. The event, which is open to the public, will feature more than 30 companies.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.