Around 2,000 students from western Arkansas high schools will gather at Paris High School Friday for the third Career Fair which is put on by the Western Arkansas Educational Services Cooperative.

Schools scheduled to send students are Mulberry, Alma, Cedarville, Mountainburg, Greenwood, Hackett, Hartford, Lavaca, Mansfield, Ozark, County Line, Charleston, Paris, Magazine, Booneville, Clarksville, Scranton, Lamar, Johnson County Westside and Waldron.

More than 100 presenters will be on hand representing various career fields.

The career fair begins at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Students are all enrolled in a career and technical education class called Career Orientation and are in the seventh and eighth grades, according to Jennifer Turner, Program Development Coordinator for Career and Technical Education at the cooperative.

"We’ll have everything from the Highway Department, Forest Service, Game and Fish Commission, law enforcement, lawyers, dentists and more represented," Turner said.

"We also have females participating who are employed in non-traditional careers because that’s what students told us they want," Turner said.