By Vanessa Iaquinta, Workforce WindsorEssex Mediaplex Intern

On Feb. 9, high school students from across Windsor and Essex County learned of the endless local employment opportunities available to them when they enter the workforce.

The Power of Your Potential is an event hosted by associate professor, Dr. Geri Salinitri, and students from the University of Windsor faculty of education. Approximately 200 from Grades 10 and 11 attended the event, which was held at the university’s Leonard and Dorothy Neal Education Building. According to Salinitri the goal for the event is to promote confidence in the students.

“The purpose of the conference this year as it has been in the past is to work with students to help build skills for resumés and interviews,” said Salinitri. “As well, to explore the opportunities we have here in Windsor and Essex County.”

Workforce WindsorEssex partnered with the Faculty of Education to help students understand the rapidly changing economy. Also, said Veronica Samek, director of communications for Workforce WindsorEssex, the event was a great showcase for the various job opportunities the Windsor area has to offer.

During the five-hour event, Workforce WindsorEssex hosted a workshop showcasing young talent in promising sectors and occupations. The individuals involved in this particular workshop discussed working in Windsor and Essex County and shared the reasons they decided to stay and work in the local area. Professionals from medical, communications and renewable energy career fields participated in the “Living Library” workshop.

“We’ve been through different workshops to help us understand how we can improve ourselves,” said Tyler Matyi, a Grade 11 student at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Secondary School.

“Talking to different people about their lives and how they got to this point in their careers has stuck with me the most.”

The conference was a success according to Salinitri, who said every year it seems to get better. In order to enhance the conference the students complete surveys which helps the faculty improve the event for the following years.

“Workforce WindsorEssex and Service Canada have come on board which has given this program a level of community engagement,” Salinitri said. “For next year we are looking for opportunities from the community to come in and engage with us to improve this event even more.”

WFWE would like to thank everyone who participated in the conference, our books and all the volunteers who donated their time and expertise to making this day successful:

The AIDS Committee of Windsor

The City of Windsor

The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County

The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council

The MediaPlex

National Defence and the Canaidan Forces

New Beginnings

Odette School of Business

Radix Controls

Real Talk Hip Hop

St. Clair College

Service Canda

The Small Business Centre

Transit Windsor

Unemployed Help Centre

WEtech Alliance

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre and the Kids Alliance program

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

The Windsor Public Library

Windsor Regional Hospital

Trios College

Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies

The United Way Windsor-Essex County

The University of Windsor, The Faculty of Education, Centre for Career Education

YMCA of Windsor and Essex County

Youth & Family Resource Network of Essex County

Additional media coverage:

Off of the page” by Stephen Hargreaves, The Lance, Posted: Feb. 15