This Friday, students across Brown County are invited to attend the 8th annual Central Texas Career and College Recruitment Fair. The fair will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, located at 1815 Coggin Avenue. Admission to the fair is free.

This year’s fair will have a motivational speakers, leadership development, What you should know about postsecondary education and training, a financial aid presentation, a drawing for scholarships, and complimentary lunch, snack and beverage.

The fair’s featured speaker is Jimmy Cabrera, CSP President, Success Through Excellence. Cabrera is ranked as one of the top motivational speakers in the nation and is known as a dynamic and energetic speaker.

The fair is brought to Brownwood by the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI). The program is one of the largest events in Central Texas and meant to motivate students to stay in school, improve their academic performance, transition from one level to the next, graduate and pursue some sort of post-secondary education or training.

USHLI is expected to reach over 100,000 students in 30 states this year alone. Around 25 school districts have confirmed their participation and over 900 high school students are expect to attend the program at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

Over 15 local educational institutions and employers have confirmed their sponsorship and recruitment booths, and thousands of dollars in scholarships will be awarded to students.

Dr. Juan Andrade, the President of USHLI, is a graduate of Brownwood High School and Howard Payne University. He has earned five degrees, received five honorary doctorates and is the forth Hispanic in history to be decorated by a President of the United States and honored by the government of Mexico.

“We always look forward to this event in Brownwood, which obviously has a special meaning to me. Education is the key to success and it is our privilege to do what we can to reinforce the great work that teachers, counselors and administrators do every day to give their students an opportunity to develop their potential and fulfill their destiny,” said Andrade.