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  • 1. SE PA Virtual Career Fair & Job Shadows 2010: Digital Services and Lessons Learned Presented by Michele Martin , Delaware County RCEP, Laura Heikkila & Laura McOdrum , Chester County RCEP and Michael Schweisheimer & Deb Arnold Brown , Primitive World Productions
  • 2. Objectives
    • Overview of the Virtual Career Fair
    • Review “Lessons Learned”
    • Overview of Virtual Job Shadow Project
  • 3. The Virtual Career Fair
  • 4. Our Goals
    • Encourage you to:
      • Try this concept in your area
      • Join us next year
  • 5. Going Regional—RCEPs
    • Bucks
    • Chester
    • Delaware
    • Lehigh Valley
    • Montgomery
  • 6. Target Audiences
    • Students
    • Parents
    • Educators
    • RCEP Network
    • Youth-serving Organizations
  • 7. Why go virtual?
    • Convenience—for both the audience and presenters
    • Archived materials for re-use
    • Another way to get to parents and students
    • Scalability & sharing—expand our reach
    • Experiment with different technologies
    • Go Green!
  • 8. By the Numbers. . .
    • 3 Days—11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • 8 Live Webinars (now archived and available)
    • 6 Pre-Recorded “Events”
    • Dozens of resource and lesson links
    • 1,304 visitors to our main website
    • 5,389 page views
    • 233 attendees at “live” events
    • 104 members of our Virtual Career Fair Network
  • 9. Topics for Webinars
    • Summer Jobs
    • How to Interview
    • Employer Expectations
    • PA High Priority Occupations
    • How to Pay for College
    • Alternative Pathways to Success—2+2+2
    • InterviewStream
    • ExploreYourFuture.org
    • Social Media for Parents (pre-Career Fair “marketing” webinar)
  • 10. Technology Tools
    • Customized Ning Network
    • Wikispaces
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • Google Docs
    • Go-to-Webinar
    • Vimeo
  • 11. Google Docs—Planning Tool
  • 12. Ning Network http://sepacareerfair2010.ning.com/
  • 13. Google Analytics Says. . .
  • 14. Traffic . . .
  • 15. Virtual Career Fair Wiki http://sepacareerfair2010.wikispaces.com/
  • 16. Presentation Pages
  • 17. Promotional Page
  • 18. Traffic April 2010 May 2010
  • 19. Twitter
  • 20. Promotion
    • Online—Twitter, Email, Newsletters, Websites
    • Schools
    • Libraries
    • Parent Groups—newsletters, state-wide PTA
    • PA School Counselors Association
    • Home School Groups
    • RCEP Network
    • Newspapers
  • 21. What They Said. . . . N=42
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  • 26. What Worked?
    • Technology
    • Removed barriers for employer & school participation
    • It was easy to access and participate—didn’t need to be technologically savvy to participate
    • Practice sessions with presenters
  • 27. Challenges
    • Technology
    • Promotion
    • Scheduling
    • Coaching/Preparation for Presenters
  • 28. Lessons Learned
    • The personality of the webinar presenter and their comfort level is CRITICAL.
    • Use polls!
    • Have two people to provide tech support (in addition to the speaker)
    • Prepare, prepare, prepare
  • 29. Lessons Learned
    • Presenters should be conversational—need interaction & dialog
    • Figure out how much planning time you will need—and then triple it!
    • Test the technology ahead of time—a few times.
  • 30. What We Want to Change
    • Improve quality of presentations—more interaction, visuals
    • Dates
    • Try different webinar platform
    • Expand offerings/events
    • Build technology skills of team
    • Survey participants ahead of time
  • 31. Costs
    • Ning, Wikispaces, Twitter, Google Docs, Facebook Fan Page—Free
    • Go-to-Webinar—Free (used RCEP account)
    • Vimeo--$9.95/month
    • Promotion—Free (Press releases)
    • Staff Time—approx. 200 hours
  • 32. What Do You Need?
    • Do it with an existing team—or build in a lot more time
    • Teams/Individuals focused on:
      • Technology
      • Promotion of the event
      • Recruiting presenters
    • The right tools/software—you may have to pay!
  • 33. What Do You Need?
    • Instructions/resources to support users and make them comfortable—presenters & participants
    • Flexibility
    • Sense of humor
    • Join our effort next year!
  • 34. The Virtual Job Shadows
  • 35. Objectives
    • Provide online access to job shadow experiences for students
    • Provide additional tools/resources to support career exploration
    • Expose students to real-life careers in Delaware and Chester counties
  • 36. Why go virtual?
    • Reduce logistical challenges of field trips
    • Scalability—expose more students to more opportunities
    • Easier to supplement with resources
    • Convenience for employers
    • Connect to Virtual Career Fair
  • 37. Virtual Job Shadow Portal
    • Job shadow videos
    • Associated labor market information
    • Career assessment tools
    • Forum for connecting to employers—virtual mentoring
    • Create shared community
  • 38. Primitive World Productions
    • Experienced in creating job shadow videos, particularly in STEM careers
    • Online and DVD content
    • Responsive to our needs
    • Fun to work with!
  • 39. The Companies/Organizations
    • Southco
    • Sikorsky Global Helicopters
    • Delaware County Community College STEM Center
    • Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)
    • Bentley Systems, Inc.
  • 40. Value of Video in the Portal
    • Tells stories, not just facts
    • Engages students with relatable human experiences
    • Demonstrates real-life career paths
  • 41. Contact Us!
    • Laura Heikkila -- LHeikkila@cceconomicdevelopment.com
    • Michele Martin-- [email_address]
    • Laura McOdrum-- [email_address]
    • Michael Schweisheimer-- [email_address]
    • Debbie Arnold Brown [email_address]