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WaterWORKS 2024 Blue Economy Career Day

January 16, 2024
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    • Dates: January 16, 2024
    • Location: Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable Campus 
    • Time: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
     WaterWORKS 2024 invites high school students from Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket and Southern Plymouth County to a half-day program on the Cape Cod Community College West Barnstable Campus, to learn more about the region’s blue economy and what types of career opportunities it presents.  The program will include all blue economic sectors that wish to participate, including traditional marine trades, marine science and technology, commercial fishing and aquaculture, and water-based recreation.   

    The event begins with a brief assembly which introduces students to the blue economy that surrounds them, what it is and how it is a part of their daily lives. Expedition Leaders (college students) will then lead pre-assigned groups of students through a series of “islands”, each one focused on a specific sector of the blue economy These islands will expose students to the industry and its opportunities by allowing students to view and in some cases participate interactively. Industry representatives (trade organizations and businesses) from each sector will have booths to exhibit their field and talk with students. 
    The new Frank and Maureen Wilkens Science Center Building at the Cape Cod Community College will be one of the destinations for this blue economy tour. 
    The day will conclude with the students gathering for lunch and a wrap-up before heading back to school. 
    WaterWORKS connects high school students in the region to the water-reliant economy that surrounds them through:  

    1. Socializing the blue economy - Bring awareness to the region’s high school students of the connection between our economy and environment, how the two are inextricably linked together 

    1. Dispelling the myth that there are no good jobs or careers on Cape Cod – using the blue economy as a platform 

    1. Exposing students to the many sectors of the blue economy and the types of careers they offer for college-bound, certificate-bound, and workforce direct students 

    1. Connecting students one-on-one with industry representatives, business owners and organizations, while also making businesses aware of school programs (co-ops, internships, etc.) that exist