On-demand Webinars

June 26, 2024

5 Strategies to Empower CTE Students to Better Engage with Future Employers


Career & Technical EducationK12


Student Training

One overlooked area in work-based learning programs is the focus on empowering career and technical education students to communicate their value to future employers. As students strengthen their skills to succeed in industry, they often struggle to communicate the value they can bring to an employer.

This webinar with Jason Van Nus will discuss a renovation to the traditional ‘career fair’ design. This re-composition, what Jason calls a ‘Reverse Career Fair,’ is designed to guarantee student-employer engagement. Within this design, students will naturally have to self-advocate, promote their skills, and interact meaningfully with employers and industry representatives. While leveraged in a Georgia Work-Based Learning Program, the ‘Reverse Career Fair’ is a natural and dynamic capstone for any CTE Pathway or work experience.

Aligned with ACTE’s High-Quality CTE Framework Development, learn how to evolve your CTE and WBL programs to set students up for even more success in their future workplaces.

Learning Objectives

During this webinar, the presenter will:

  • Explore the disconnect between students’ skills and “selling” their value to future employers.  
  • Understand how to incorporate employability skill standards into your curriculum to help students succeed in the workforce. 
  • Identify opportunities to include industry partners in the WBL process to help students learn how to self-advocate.  
  • Receive a ready-to-implement plan and model to recreate a “Reverse Career Fair.” 

This session will also include a Q&A session and key takeaway resources to leverage at your school.


Jason Van Nus

Jason Van Nus

Director of Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Programs, Lowndes County Schools

2023 Georgia ACTE 2023 GACTE Teacher of the Year, Jason is a WBL/YAP director who is passionate about working with students, employers, and industry toward robust workforce and economic development. Jason is renowned for his visionary and innovative practices. His Youth Apprenticeship program & creative industry partnerships have garnered national attention & presentation requests from Alabama,Florida, Iowa, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Texas, Milwaukee, and Maryland. Supreme to all these accomplishments, however, is the impact that Jason’s program has had on his students, who’ve obtained new opportunities, robust training, increased earning potential, and better career outlooks through his WBL program.

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