The summer is fast approaching and many teens might be looking for a summer job or even an organization to help which is just the reason Duncan High School is hosting a job fair of sorts. 

Called the “Summer Opportunity Expo”, it will showcase entry level jobs, volunteer and educational opportunities and more. The event is slated for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 30 in the main hallway of the high school according to Lesa Hefner, Pathways to Future Careers Internship Instructor/Coordinator. 

“This is any student and it is entry level job opportunities, so when we do an internship it’s not entry level” she said. “Entry level jobs are wonderful, we all have to start somewhere but that’s not where our Career Pathways is, the Career Pathways is to get you where you want to be in the future. They are either hiring or they are looking for people to be involved in their activity for the summer.” 

Community partners and more will be at the event and maybe some after school plans too — like military. 

“The National Guard and the Marines will be there for sure — so I think we will have several different branches of the military represented there,” Hefner said.

The event came from a request Hefner said.

“It all kind of launched out of a request from Octavio Gill, he is the HR person for Wendy’s, he contacted the school — when they were looking for employees,” she said. 

Hefner explained Gill wanted to do a job fair at the high school but it just didn’t work out. However the idea stuck with her and she thought a job fair and volunteer fair might be something the students could benefit from. 

“We wanted to make sure to capture those students who maybe aren’t old enough for a job — or need volunteer hours,” she said. 

This was just something to help students which Hefner said was her main goal as a teacher. 

“My internship (program) is really just a small part of the high school population — we are hitting about 21 percent of the senior class but still, that is a small piece of the whole group as far as working with employability skills,” she said.  

For more information or to sign up as a booth contact Hefner at lesa.hefner@duncanps.org or call the high school.