Hundreds of Palm Beach County Public School high school students had an opportunity to learn about careers in Palm Beach County at the Business Development Board’s  and School District of Palm Beach County’s “Claim Your Future Showcase” on February 7 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

The BDB worked with the School District to bring together high schools and local companies so that students could learn about career paths and the possibilities that are open to them as the county continues to attract more employers.

The daylong event featured a series of panel discussions with Palm Beach County business leaders from a wide range of industries, including healthcare and life science.

The healthcare panel included experts from JFK Medical Center and Boca Raton Regional Hospital.


The life science panel included experts from Sancilio & Company, Palm Beach Zoo, and The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Florida.


Other industries represented included Construction, Aerospace/Aviation/Engineering, Financial Services, Marketing/Digital Media, Advanced Manufacturing, Government, Information Technology, Security Systems/Electricity, Public Safety, Legal/Insurance Services, Real Estate/Architecture, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Headquarters, and Hospitality.

According to Kelly Smallridge, President & CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, more than 65 Palm Beach County companies participated in the discussions and exhibition hall.  Smallridge said,  “This extraordinary partnership among the Palm Beach County School District, Palm Beach County companies and the Business Development Board demonstrates that the County is a community that means business and invests in the future of our workforce.  As more companies are attracted to the advantages of doing business here, Palm Beach County will be ready with a skilled and informed pool of qualified workers.”

“This event is a culmination of an entire community of stakeholders coming together and providing information for our future workforce. It’s great to see the partnership of the BDB, CareerSource, and the School District of Palm Beach County aligning our efforts to benefit Palm Beach County and our students,” said Dr. Peter Licata of the Department of Choice and Career Options for the School District of Palm Beach County.

Reflecting on the event, Michael Corbit, director of business development, CareerSource Palm Beach County, said, “The showcase provided excellent opportunities for high school students to learn about potential careers after graduation, thanks to our local businesses in various industries.”