SCHOOL DISTRICT AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD CONNECT 1,200 PALM BEACH COUNTY STUDENTS WITH LOCAL EMPLOYERS

Published Tuesday, February 11, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 11, 2020

Contact: Kristen Boyd
kboyd@bdb.org

 

February 11, 2020 - WEST PALM BEACH, FLA – Today, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) and the School District of Palm Beach County partnered on a record-breaking annual event, the Claim Your Future Showcase. More than 1,200 local high school students from 27 different schools convened at the Palm Beach County Convention Center to meet and interact with 50 diverse companies.

The Claim Your Future Showcase opened up this morning with Dr. Fennoy, Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County, welcoming the students in the Grand Ballroom. The event’s grand sponsor, Wells Fargo, presented the students with an overview on financial literacy skills, followed by a panel presentation. The panel included leaders from Pratt & Whitney, Scripps Research Institute, Florida Power & Light, Carpenter Electric, and Wells Fargo, each representing different industry sectors. The moderator was a local entrepreneur and founder of Piper’s Angels, also representing Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast. CareerSource Palm Beach County shared a soft skills session where students learned the basics of interacting in the professional world, a skillset that’s been in high demand across all industry sectors. 

The Business Development Board also ensured that there was an exhibitor hall full of diverse companies and opportunities for students to meet and interact with employers such as:

FACTS ABOUT THE SHOWCASE:

  • Five career showcases since the event's inception, each hosted annually
  • Over 7,000 high school students have been inspired over the years
  • Dozens of schools participate throughout the County, from Pahokee all the way to Boca Raton
  • Hundreds of companies have participated
  • Countless career placements have been facilitated

This year brought in the most students in the event's history thanks to support from the Grand Sponsor, Wells Fargo and the transportation sponsors that assisted in bringing more busses to the event, CenterState Bank and Comvest Partners.

The prize giveaways were provided by ESPN West Palm and Sunfest. The swag bags were provided by Oasis through Junior Achievement. The BDB’s investor partners, Pratt & Whitney, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Bank of America are also huge supporters of education in the County. 

 

 

The Claim Your Future Showcase is hosted each February and is full of community collaboration from education supporters and sponsors such as the Business Development Board, School District of Palm Beach County, Junior Achievement of the Palm Beach Beaches & Treasure Coast, CareerSource Palm Beach County, and Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. 

 

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Investors

#1 Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Aerojet Rocketdyne Bank of America Bank United Baptist Health South Florida
Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. CareerSource Carrier DePuy Synthes Power Tools, a Johnson & Johnson Company Equestrian Center
Florida Crystals Corporation FPL Greenberg Traurig Gunster Hardrives, Inc.
HCA Palm Beach Hospitals Hedrick Brothers Construction Hospital for Special Surgery J.C. White JP Morgan Chase
LRP Publications Martens Group Minto Communities, LLC NCCI Nova Southeastern University
Palm Beach Aggregates, LLC Palm Beach Park of Commerce PNC Bank Pratt & Whitney (A United Technologies Company) Raymond James Financial Services/Boynton Financial Group, Inc.
RSM South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine South Florida Business Journal Stiles-Nicholson Foundation TD Bank
Tortoise Properties Wells Fargo & Company Wexford Capital