The Tuscaloosa Career and Technical Academy, along with the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, will host an immersive event to explore the school’s offerings in a hands-on environment.

According to the release, Mega WOW, which will take place on January 19, will expose students to the programs available at TCTA and also connect parents and community members with companies that are hiring in West Alabama.

According to a release, the speciality school has 21 programs ranging from culinary classes to welding and health science, and seeks "to show the broader community what is in store at TCTA."

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The release states student attendees will have the choice to explore classes where current students will lead various activities to showcase what they are learning in their programs and allow attendees to try the skills themselves.

Parents and community members who attend will have the opportunity to learn about and apply to jobs available in West Alabama through the Career Connect program that will be provided by the Chamber of Commerce.

TCTA principal Richjetta Branch said she hopes people will attend the event to learn of the programs and opportunities available to all of Tuscaloosa.

“We are a looking at this as a family engagement opportunity, but also as a chance to open our doors and show the community everything we have to offer, including future TCTA students,” Branch said.

Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama COO and West AlabamaWorks! executive director, Donny Jones said they are thrilled to assist with the event to engage with both parents and students who can benefit from the programs.

"We love the idea of utilizing open house as a way to connect parents to new career opportunities, as well as showcase the wonderful courses and efforts of the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy on teaching West Alabama students ways to turn their passion into high earning careers," Jones said.

The event will take place from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. on TCTA' campus, which is located at 2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in West Tuscaloosa.

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