Vance County Cooperative Extension Announces 2nd Annual Community Resource Fair

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Henderson, NC – On Thursday, March 19, 2015 the Vance County Cooperative Extension Center and Vance County Schools Career and Technical Education Department will join forces with several local community partners to launch the second annual countywide Community Resource Fair.

It will be held at Southern Vance High School on Garrett Road, starting at 9 a.m. The Community Resource Fair will be open to both Northern and Southern Vance high school students as well as the public, even during the school day.

“Various agencies are coming together to provide our youth and our citizens a fresh look into career paths and opportunities ranging from Agriculture to Community Rural Development. Together we hope to accomplish this by planting a seed that our workforce is changing and inform citizens of available resources,” stated Vance County Cooperative Extension Director, Morris White.

“This is a major opportunity for our community and aspiring farmers looking for innovative ideas to create future jobs in agriculture to help improve our local economy” explained Thomas Shaw, Vance County Farm Bureau President.

With help from local community partners the Community Resource Fair will provide over 50 informational vendors to share career and health information with the public. “The community has really come together to provide a broader outlook of the future workforce for our youth. We have to prepare our youth to be able to adapt to the ever-changing workforce,” explained Vance County 4-H Extension Agent, Turner Pride.

A Panel Discussion at 5 p.m. will be a highlight of the Community Resource Fair. Debbie Cox, Stokes County Cooperative Extension Director, will moderate a discussion with a distinguished panel of experts in the field of Agriculture. These will include: Dr. Antoine Alston, Associate Dean of Agriculture, NCA&TSU, Jason Brown, local farmer and former NFL football player; Christopher R. Daubert, Department Head, Food Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences, NCSU; Dr. Laikhe Green, Agriculture Teacher, SVHS; and Debbie Hamrick of NC Farm Bureau. Download a promotional flyer here.

“We are excited to have such a wide variety of North Carolina’s agriculture supporters coming to our community”, stated Christeen Crudupp, County Executive Director of Vance-Warren County Farm Service Agency. For more information in regards to the Vance County Community Resource Fair please visit http://vance.ces.ncsu.edu/vance-county-community-resource-fair/ or contact the Vance County Cooperative Extension Office at (252) 438-8188.