WOW hosts thousands of 8th graders from Alabama, Florida and Georgia

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- More than 5,000 8th graders are in the Circle City over the next 2 days for the Southeast World of Works career experience.

Student operating equipment at World of Works 2020

WOW's goal is to expose children at an early age to different career paths.

Thousands of kids roamed through the building Wednesday looking at different career choices available.

Students from 62 schools across Alabama, Florida and Georgia are attending Wednesday or Thursday.

The Southeast WOW is hoping this will encourage them to find careers throughout the Wiregrass.

"There's just a lot to offer and so absolutely those kids could come and feed into those workforces and that's just one of the reasons why this is real important," WOW Program Manager Melanie Hill said.

There are 88 vendors for students to learn about whether it be cosmetology, trade jobs, technology and more.

"I didn't know all of these options were here,” G.W. Long High student Aubreigh Haynes said. “There's a lot of different medical fields that you could go into."

For another student, it helped her focus on specific fields.

"It gave me a better idea of what I'm interested in and helps me realize that I didn't want to go into a certain field and then I like the medical field," G.W. Long Maleah Long said.

Program manager Melanie Hill has been volunteering her time since the event began 5 years ago.

"I just love education,” Hill added “I love kids. So getting to mix the two is just a bonus for me and so I love promoting this and doing this because it can really impact them."

WOW will also be going on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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