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 September 26-27, 2017

This is not your average career fair. In fact, it’s not a career fair at all.

As an extension of the United Way of Southwest Virginia Ignite Program, the Careers Expo for Youth will take place on September 26-27, 2017 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Over 4,000 7th grade students from Southwest Virginia (17 school systems, 46 schools) will participate throughout the course of two days. Students will move through four zones filled with over 75 hands-on activities by regional employers in 16 different career paths.

 SWVA Careers Expo for Youth


An event as big as the Expo needs a lot of volunteers!

Your time and talent will help make this year’s event a success. If you are interested in volunteering at the 2017 Expo, click here to visit the Volunteer Center to view opportunities and sign up by September 12, 2017.

If you have questions about volunteering, email Debby Loggans, Volunteer Center Manager, at dloggans@unitedwayswva.org.



  • Bland County High School
  • Carroll County Middle School
  • Castlewood Elementary School
  • Chilhowie Middle School
  • Coeburn Middle School
  • Council Elementary/Middle School
  • Damascus Middle School
  • Dungannon Intermediate
  • Eastern Elementary/Middle School
  • EB Stanley Middle School
  • Elydale
  • Fries School
  • Ft. Chiswell Middle School
  • Galax Middle School
  • Gate City Middle School
  • Glade Spring Middle School
  • Graham Middle School
  • Grayson Highland
  • Honaker Elementary School
  • Hurley Elementary/Middle School
  • Independence Middle School
  • Jonesville Middle School
  • JW Adams Combined
  • Lebanon Middle School
  • LF Addington Middle School
  • Macy McClaugherty
  • Marion Middle School
  • Narrows Elementary/Middle School
  • Nickelsville Elementary
  • Northwood Middle School
  • Norton Elementary/Middle School
  • Pennington Middle School
  • Richlands Middle School
  • Ridgeview Middle School
  • Riverview Elementary/Middle School
  • Rural Retreat Middle School
  • Rye Cove Intermediate
  • Scott Memorial Middle School
  • St Paul School
  • St. Paul Elementary
  • Swords Creek Elementary School
  • Tazewell Middle School
  • Twin Valley Elementary/Middle School
  • Union Middle School
  • Virginia Middle School
  • Wallace Middle School

“The activities give you a taste of what jobs are like.”


“It shows you careers you’ve never heard of.”


“I liked the fact that you got to chose where you went at the Expo and what activities you want to do.”


If you have questions about participating, email Crystal Breeding, Ignite Program Manager, at cbreeding@unitedwayswva.org to receive more information.



Bill Carrico

Morgan Griffith

Todd Pillion

Israel O’Quinn

Tim Kaine

Jeff Campbell

Mark Warner

Joseph Yost


Our participating employers have a unique opportunity to engage students through conversation and demonstration.

Students participate in five-minute hands-on activities at employers’ stations. Employers can show them firsthand what it’s like to be a chemical engineer, accountant, IT specialist, social worker, and more. For example, students could be able to climb a utility pole, try on SWAT gear, practice CPR and giving shots, participate in a chemistry experiment, or use a 3-D printer to create a 3-D object.

 2017 Employers

  • Abingdon Health and Rehab
  • Addison Surveyors
  • American Advertising Federation
  • Morton Thomas and Associates
  • Appalachian College of Pharmacy
  • Appalachian Power Company
  • Appalachian Substance Abuse Coalition (ASAC)
  • Bank of Marion
  • Barter Theatre
  • Berry Home Centers
  • Blood Assurance
  • Bluefield College
  • Blue Ridge Job Corps Center
  • Buchanan County Career & Technical Center
  • Celanese Corporation
  • City of Galax – Tourism & Community Development
  • Clifton Companies – Abingdon Ambulance
  • Clifton Companies – Home Nursing of SWVA
  • Clifton Companies – Northgate Pharmacy
  • Clinch Valley Medical Center
  • Crutchfield Corporation
  • Dickenson County Schools
  • Early Childhood Education/Virginia Quality
  • Ellis Brothers Builders
  • Emory & Henry College
  • EnerVest Operating, LLC
  • Food City – Retail Department
  • Food City – Distribution Center
  • Food City – IT Department
  • Food City – Meat Department
  • General Dynamics
  • Healthi Preparedness Project
  • Highlands Community Services
  • Highland Union Bank
  • Keen Mountain Correctional Center
  • Lee County Career & Technical Center
  • Mahoney’s
  • Mohawk Industries
  • Mountain Empire Community College
  • Mountain States Health Alliance
  • New Peoples Bank
  • Occupational Enterprises, Inc
  • Orders Construction
  • Powell Valley Bank
  • Rooftop of Virginia
  • Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing Center of Excellence
  • Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Southwest Virginia Higher Education: Robotics Team
  • Stryker Martial Arts Academy
  • Sykes
  • Tadano Mantis Corporation
  • Tempur Production
  • TruPoint Bank
  • USDA/Holston River Soil & Water Conservation
  • Utility Trailer Mfg – Atkins
  • Utility Trailer Mfg – Glade
  • UVA Wise
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Virginia Oil and Gas Association
  • Virginia Produce
  • Virginia Small Business Development Center
  • Virginia State Police
  • Wamplers Insurance
  • Washington County Career & Tech School
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office
  • WCYB
  • Wellmont One
  • Wells Fargo
  • West River Conveyors & Machinery Company
  • William King Museum of Art
  • Woodgrain Millwork
  • Whitman Requardt & Associates
  • Wytheville Community College


 If you have questions about the Expo that are not answered on this page, please call Crystal Breeding at 276.525.4073 or email cbreeding@unitedwayswva.org.

 The Bigger Picture

 Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce

There’s a gap between the worlds of learning and work. What are we doing about it?

We – along with dozens of community partners – are addressing the problem through initiative-based community impact: a Leaders’ Breakfast event for area leaders, a Written Series, a Careers Expo for Youth event for students, and a brand new United Way of Southwest Virginia program called Ignite. Click the button below to find out more.

Learn about Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce