4-H Tech Changemakers to host May 6 career expo, highlight need for rural broadband

Tech Changemakers
Greenbay, WI 4-H Tech Changemakers held a STEM fair for middle schoolers where teens introduced them to different technologies. Photo courtesy of National 4-H.
May 4, 2022

Lincoln, Neb. —Members of the Nebraska 4-H Tech Changemakers program will host a regional career expo from 1-6 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at the Butler County Event Center in David City. The event will be attended by various area employers, as well as Sen. Bruce Bostelman and staff from the offices of U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith and U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer. 

The 4-H Tech Changemakers Program is a national initiative that empowers teens to lead digital skills training and educate lawmakers on the importance of broadband access.​ 

The event is targeted toward working age youth through adults and will connect attendees with full- and part-time job openings, opportunities for internships and apprenticeships, and with companies seeking summer or seasonal help from across the region. It will also allow job seekers to network with representatives from area businesses and learn about various career fields. Additionally, the career expo will focus on the importance of increasing rural broadband access to help in closing the digital divide.  

“The pandemic taught us that many jobs can be done from anywhere,” said Dawn Lindsley, 4-H Career and College Readiness Extension Educator. “This shift in thinking about the modern workplace is a huge opportunity for skilled workers in rural areas, but in order to take advantage of this opportunity, we must first expand broadband access to underserved, mostly rural areas across the nation.” 

Bostelman will speak at 1:30 p.m., with staff from Smith’s office speaking at 3:30 and from Fischer’s at 4:30.   

Exhibitors include the Nebraska Truckers Association, Bayer Crop Science, SourceLink Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Labor, Federal Aviation Administration, Nebraska State Patrol, and many others.  

Attendance for the career expo is free for both exhibitors and job seekers. For more information, contact Lindsley at dawn.lindsley@unl.edu.