OREGON CITY, Ore. -- On Thursday, 1,500 area high school students got a lesson in career readiness.

Technology has been the biggest game changer since the first Clackamas Community College Youth Expo 36 years ago. But, one thing remains the same: finding qualified workers with the right skills.

Area businesses, different branches of the armed services, along with several technical schools are looking to recruit. This is a chance for these students to check out different career fields they may not have thought of before.

The goal is to get high school students on to the college campus and participate in events that get them to demonstrate their skills, according to Megan Helzerman with the Clackamas Education Service District.

And for many, this is their first face time with a potential employer. They need important basic skills.

Eye contact, articulating speech, interacting with the conversation, asking good questions, said Don McNeeley, store director for Alberton's in Wilsonville.

In addition, students competed is all types of contests, from accounting to technical skills.

Winners of the skills test, can walk away with up to 12 college credits if they attend Clackamas Community College.

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