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Sept. 14, 2021
TECH JXN TO PARTNER WITH VISIT JACKSON’S SOUL-FILLED WEEKEND FOR 3RD ANNUAL EVENT; WILL FEATURE TECH, FILM AND MUSIC
Event will educate high school students and the public on core aspects of T.E.C.H. and coincide with football double-header
JACKSON, Miss– TECH JXN will partner with Visit Jackson for a three-day event highlighting the best of Jackson tech, film, music and food.
The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 at the Jackson Convention Complex, and Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Now in its third year, TECH JXN will focus on senior high school students as part of an overall workforce initiative to educate students and fill hundreds of jobs in Jackson and beyond. The event, which will also feature a college and career fair, is also open to the public.
“I look forward to this event and to greeting all the attendees to TECH JXN this year,” said Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. “This annual event provides students and the general public with the valuable tools and information needed in today’s technologically-savvy world. It also gives students the opportunity to explore career opportunities, some of those in the tech field, which serves to enrich themselves and possibly the city in return.”
Seniors will have the opportunity to attend two of eight workshops during the event that will educate them on the four pillars of “Tech”: technology, education, creativity and healthcare.
On Friday, TECH JXN will feature a college and career fair. Representatives from Mississippi universities and corporations will be in attendance, along with City of Jackson officials, to potentially fill hundreds of jobs.
Jhai Keeton, the deputy director of economic development for the City of Jackson, said he expects up to 1,200 people to attend the event, with 700 to 800 students from Jackson Public Schools.
“This is a great opportunity for the City of Jackson and community at large and definitely for high school and college students to be exposed to,” Keeton said.
The event will also offer a “film academy” to educate attendees on the growing film industry in Mississippi and possible careers in the field. Attendees will be given the opportunity to create their own one-minute films to showcase what they have learned. Those films will be viewed at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Saturday, Sept. 25.
“This is a way for those interested to meet the film industry halfway and to grow the labor force,” Keeton said.
Due to COVID-19, the event will be abiding with local guidelines to ensure the safety of all in attendance. Everyone must wear a face covering at all times.
TECH JXN will coincide with ‘Soul-Filled Weekend’ football doubleheader
This year’s Tech Jackson will coincide with Visit Jackson’s “Soul-Filled Weekend” that will feature two college football games at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Game one, the W.C. Gorden Classic, pits Jackson state University against Delta State University on Saturday, Sept. 25. Game two, the Delta-Bayou Classic, pits Mississippi Valley State University against Southern University on Sunday, Sept. 26.
Over 20,000 fans are expected to attend each game, with additional visitors and locals attending other weekend events, said Visit Jackson President and CEO Rickey Thigpen.
“We are honored to host the Soul-Filled Weekend in Jackson,” Thigpen said. “The double-header football weekend featuring SWAC and in-state rivalries and ancillary activities will create excitement and synergy for our football fans and economic vitality for our community.”
The Soul-Filled Weekend is estimated to bring $15 million in economic impact to the city and surrounding area.
For more information, contact Yika Hoover at 601-960-1611 or email@example.com.