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ASU to host Early Intervention Multicultural Career Fest

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany State University Department of Special Education in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Babies Can't Wait, and Project Skilled Credentialed Early Intervention Specialists will host the Early Intervention Multicultural (EMI) Career Fest at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Student Center Ballroom located on campus.

The event is geared toward diverse middle school students attending schools in the Southwest Georgia area, and will feature a number of community resource leaders.

Community leaders will share the resources their organization has to offer for infants, toddlers, young children with disabilities and their families with the participants.

Students will also be informed of the qualifications and preparations needed for an individual seeking to work in early intervention capacities.

"We feel a significant factor in the recruitment of diverse students into our related fields is making students aware of the different career options available to them, as well as equipping them with the preparatory steps needed to reach their career goal," said Kimberly Fields, interim chair for Teacher Education at ASU.

"The Early Intervention Multicultural Career Fest is only one of many recruitment efforts we host to educate the community about the false perceptions attached to Special Education and individuals who receive disability services," Fields said. "Once that goal has been accomplished, the middle school students will become open to learning more about the related fields and begin to seriously consider an associated profession as a career choice."

The planned activities for the career fest include exhibits and presentations by area early intervention service providers, lunch, and a tour of the ASU campus.

The event is open to the public and organizations that offer early intervention services. Area middle schools that have not been invited to attend the EIM Career Fest, should contact Fields at kimberly.fieldsasurams.edu or 229-420-1045 for further information.