OHIO VALLEY — Students from Buckeye Hills Career Center in Gallia County, and high schools in Mason County, will have an opportunity to learn about “Who Works the River” this Thursday at the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center.
The event serves as not only an educational tool but also as a “job fair,” allowing both employers and young people to connect specifically with career opportunities related to the local maritime industry.
This is the second year for the event, which is pulled off via a cooperative effort between RiverWorks Discovery, the river museum and several local river industry employers. RiverWorks Discovery is a national outreach education effort of the National River Center and Hall of Fame located at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
At this year’s event will be: AEP River Transportation Division, Amherst, Marathon Petroleum Marine Transportation, Inland Waterways Mountwest, Murray American Transportation, USACE, American Commercial Barge Line, Super Marine, United States Coast Guard.
The day will begin with an introduction for students and from there, groups of around 30 students each will rotate between stations and potential employers. In addition, students will get a tour of the river museum, tour Amherst Madison’s M/V Charleston and attend a mini deck hand training session. Door prizes and giveaways will also take place.
This event has been described by organizers as a free field trip for students with the potential to pay off in job prospects. Erinn Howard, of RiverWorks, has said the program was initiated in Pittsburgh in 2010 and has been replicated in cities across the country — with last year’s event the first ever conducted in Point Pleasant.
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