Background

The Dan River Region Collaborative and the Southern Virginia Career ChoICE Youth Expo Planning Team invite employers from across the region to participate in the SOVA Career ChoICE, Youth Expo to expose seventh, ninth, and tenth grade students from Danville and Martinsville and the counties of Halifax, Henry, Patrick, and Pittsylvania to real-life career choices in their respective and surrounding communities. 

All school systems have agreed to participate, bringing nearly 4,000 students to this two-day event.

For students to make informed decisions, it is critical that they be exposed to a broad array of career options.Career ChoICE highlights the myriad of career pathways available to students, specifically highlighting opportunities within the region. Our goal is to have students making informed decisions about what classes and extracurricular they should pursue to position themselves well for future employment and to show students that they don't have to leave the region to find that employment. 

Career ChoICE is an opportunity for the region to begin an intentional effort to build a pipeline of students in strategic sectors that are aligned with economic development interests. 

Career ChoICE  is a key event in the region that can make a difference in the lives of our emerging workforce.