Career Expo to draw 700 high school students
WORTHINGTON -- More than 700 sophomore and junior students from 12 area high schools will begin thinking about their future beyond high school on Wednesday.
WORTHINGTON - More than 700 sophomore and junior students from 12 area high schools will begin thinking about their future beyond high school on Wednesday.
Sixty-five industry professionals and college programs from the southwest Minnesota region will be available to students from 9:15 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College. The 15th annual Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council Career Expo is coordinated by the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative.
“It’s to help high school (students) in southwest Minnesota become aware of all the career opportunities that are in the region and help them figure out what to do in their future,” said Mary Mortier, Southwest West Central Service Cooperative’s career assessment coordinator.
In addition to speaking with area professionals and colleges, students will test their knowledge about careers in a game show format where schools will team up against other schools.
“It’s a fun way to get them information about the trends with careers at the time,” Mortier said.
Students will also take a poll about their tentative future plans, which helps various organizations plan career information to best help the students, Mortier added.
“Consistently we’ve seen that kids think they’ll go to a four-year college, and that’s still the push from schools and parents when about 75 percent of future jobs are in two-year or no future school programs,” Mortier said.
Area high schools attending the career expo include Worthington and Area Learning Center, Jackson County Central, Adrian, Luverne, Fulda, Heron Lake-Okabena, Murray County Central, Edgerton, Westbrook-Walnut Grove and Hills-Beaver Creek.
Parents are also welcome to attend the event.
For more information, visit www.swsc.org/careerexpo .