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Graduating from high school is already stressful enough, but now many employers are experiencing restrictions and hiring freezes thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But the Worlds of Work program is helping high school seniors find the the next step in their lives right from home.

Worlds of Work has been showing students around West Alabama all about potential careers or learning paths they may not even know about, thanks to West Alabama Works, the Region 3 Workforce Development Council and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

For the past six years, WOW set up shop at Shelton State Community College and helped students connect with as many as 150 industry-leading employers across the region during its multi-day career fair.

But this year’s WOW 2.0 event, scheduled for April 7 and 8, wound up postponed because of restrictions imposed in the wake of coronavirus. So instead of students going to Worlds of Work, the event will instead be offered online as a virtual career fair.

Event coordinators said any high school seniors who aren’t sure about their next steps should take advantage.

“Some may need work now more than they did before, “ said Chamber Communications and Marketing Director for Workforce Development Tara Bullock. “We wanted to give them that opportunity to still interview with these companies.”

Several dozen companies are seeking employees, and any graduating high school senior is eligible.

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