A new virtual reality program is helping school students in the West Alabama region discover high in-demand careers. West Alabama Works facilitates the program in partnership with TRANSFR VR. The students get to experience the work through a hands-on approach using virtual reality.
West Alabama Works executive director Donny Jones exclaimed that the pandemic encouraged them to deploy the technology to build excitement about the emerging career choices amongst the students.
“You’ll be in a gym with 20 of these kids that are on these headsets and hearing their expressions. That’s cool, that’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done in school. You know things like that really make you feel good about what we’re doing to make a difference in the lives of kids, and they’re going to use technology like this,” he said.
They are targeting to reach a minimum of 4,000 ninth-grade students to try out this virtual reality program and learn about automotive, hospitality, public safety, medical careers, and more. Nevertheless, close to 1,100 ninth graders in the West Alabama region has experienced the new TRANSFR virtual reality career program this year.
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