Focus on the Future is an opportunity for students to interact and network with representatives from business and industry as well as gather information from colleges and technical schools to assist with future decisions.
Over 600 juniors and seniors attended from 14 area high schools in southwest Missouri including: Aurora, Billings, Cassville, Crane, Exeter, Marionville, Miller, Monett, Mt. Vernon, Pierce City, Purdy, Southwest of Washburn, Verona and Wheaton.
Monett Middle School students attended during the morning session with approximately 190 eighth graders attending.
Business, industries, colleges and technical schools represented were: Academy Hair Design, Bryan College, City Pointe Academy, College of Technology, Pittsburg State, College of the Ozarks, Cox College, Crowder College, Drury, Everest College, Fort Scott Community College, Franklin Technical College, Missouri Southern State University, Inspire College of Cosmetology.
John Deere Technical Center, Missouri College of Cosmetology, Missouri Valley College, Missouri Welding Institute, Northwest Arkansas College, Ozarks Technical Community College, Ranken Technical College, Southwest Baptist University, St. John's College of Nursing, The System Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School, Tulsa Welding School and the University of Tulsa Institute were present.
Clark Industries, Inc., All-Smiles Dental, Barry-Lawrence Ambulance, Camp Barnabas, Community National Bank, Department of Conservation, EFCO, a Pella Company, First State Bank of Purdy, International Dehydrated Foods, IMEC, Jack Henry and Associates, Missouri Veterans Home, Monett Fire Department, Murphy Hoffman Company were local companies represented.
Petro Lube of Joplin, Roaring River State Park, Independent Living Center, Tysons Foods, Inc., Arc of the Ozarks, Cox Monett Hospital, Dickerson Park Zoo, MHC Kenworth, MDC Computer, SkillsUSA, Missouri Center of Career Education, Army National Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, State Farm Insurance, Missouri State Parks and Pittsburg State University had representatives there.