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Tech Tour Exposes Career Options to Central Virginia Students

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Hundreds of students took part in the annual Tech Tour. Hundreds of students took part in the annual Tech Tour.
The tour offered students a chance to see career opportunities. The tour offered students a chance to see career opportunities.
The tour is part of the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council. The tour is part of the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

More than 400 middle and high school students from across central Virginia spent time in the Charlottesville area on Tuesday to tour a number of technology companies.

The Tech Tour is part of the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council. This is the 15th year the tour has been held and organizers said it is aimed at exposing students to diverse career possibilities in the region.

Students were broken into several groups and toured some of the 60 companies taking part in the program. At each company, they got a behind-the-scenes look at operations and were put to the test on special tasks to get them to understand the role of each company.

Welld Health said its hope was to get students to see what it is like to work every day in a tech company.

“CBIC really provides an opportunity for these kids to come see how we do our jobs every day and that might be writing code, designing new visuals, putting everything together in a website and making it work,” said growth manager of Welld Health Jon Moriarty. “We think it’s really valuable when they come and see how we do it every day.”

Welld Health wants to provide students with a vision on how to be successful in a technology career so they can aim their education towards stem fields.

CBIC hopes the Tech Tour will help students envision themselves in jobs that are in the Charlottesville community.