NWS Lubbock Participates in 2013 Health Fairs and Career Expo with Area Students
Staff from NWS Lubbock spent portions of the past two weeks visiting schools across the Rolling Plains. Health and safety fairs in Guthrie (October 28th), Jayton (October 29th), and Paducah (November 5th) provided a great opportunity for around 250 students and faculty to learn about various weather hazards and safety information from NWS meteorologists. Participating in these annual fairs is important to NWS Lubbock personnel because of the opportunity to reach out to isolated rural communities several miles outside of Lubbock and remind them where they can turn for continuous, accurate, and timely weather information. The pictures below show NWS staff interacting with students from Guthrie (top) and Paducah (bottom).
In addition to providing information on weather hazards and safety, NWS Lubbock also offered career advice to approximately 4,000 students at the annual South Plains Career Expo at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center on October 30th. Several area high schools participated in the event discussing career and educational opportunities, with numerous students showing interest in meteorology and the National Weather Service. Interested students walked away with information on possible career and continuing education paths while also learning a little about recent local hazardous weather events. A group of students can be seen discussing meteorology as a possible career in the following image.