You've probably heard it said many times that kids need to leave this area in order to get ahead in life. But just because a lot of people say something doesn't mean it's true.
In fact, there are many opportunities for your children to have great jobs and careers right here in our region. It's mostly just a matter of knowing how to take advantage of these opportunities.
That's where we come in. The BEA has a good handle on what's going on around this region – what jobs are available, and what needs to be done to get them. We can help put your son or daughter on the road to success.
There are many different career training programs and educational opportunities available for your child, as well as internships that can help him get his foot in the door. Check out some of the links below, and remember that high school guidance counselors, local chambers of commerce, and Workforce Investment offices have people who are ready to help you and your child.
When your child is considering his or her future, your support is critical. He or she has many decisions to make, which can be overwhelming. You may need to step forward and take the lead in gathering information. You may also need to be the positive force when they become discouraged. Stressing the importance of education is very important—landing a good job today often depends on having a degree past high school.
There are many great benefits to staying in our region and establishing a career here: we have a lot of natural beauty surrounding us, affordable living, and a real sense of community. Your child may go away for college, but there are many good reasons why he might think about returning home to start his careers.