Palm Beach County High School Students Claim Their Future

January 31 – Palm Beach County, FL – The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) and the School District of Palm Beach County hosted the 2023 Claim Your Future Showcase on January 31, an annual event that shows local high school students the diverse career paths available to them in Palm Beach County. Sponsored by Wells Fargo and located at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, the event included a presentation with various speakers and an exhibitor hall, which inspired 1,200 Palm Beach County students. 

Superintendent Mike Burke of the School District gave opening remarks, followed by Wayne Thomas of Wells Fargo who provided a “Financial Literacy” presentation. Eugene Spann of CareerSource Palm Beach County showcased “Soft Skills”, a critical skillset that’s been in high demand throughout the workforce.

Students put the skills learned to the test in an exhibitor hall where companies within sectors such as healthcare, agribusiness, aviation/aerospace/engineering, distribution/logistics, manufacturing, government, hospitality and so much more. The Business Development Board hosts and recruits companies within these sectors to participate in the event to maintain a top-notch workforce for the future.

“Palm Beach County is home to more than 400 corporate headquarters and new companies are moving here daily. The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County hosts this event each year to help retain top talent and show local high school students the diverse options right here in their backyard,” said Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.

Exhibitors at the event included: Wells Fargo, Florida Power & Light, Keiser University Dr. of Chiropractic Team, City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Regions Bank, Oxbow Carbon, School District of Palm Beach County, Adult Education Department, SV Microwave, U.S. Army, CareerSource Palm Beach County, Palm Beach State College, Village of Wellington, Universal Engineering, J.P. Morgan, PGA National Resort & Spa, Port of Palm Beach, Tropical Shipping, Palm Beach County Planning Zoning & Building, Keiser University, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, Discover the Palm Beaches, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Florida Crystals, ESPN West Palm, HCA Florida JFK Hospital, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Cox Science Center & Aquarium, Memorial Healthcare System, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, The Breakers Palm Beach, ModMed, Nova Southeastern University, WGI, Palm Beach Atlantic University, GreenTeam, Pratt & Whitney, Hilton West Palm Beach and FINFROCK.

The Claim Your Future Showcase is an annual event held at the beginning of year and will be hosted again in 2024.