NTC offers 8th graders career fair

April 12, 2012

From wsaw.com: “Students plan for their futures at NTC’s 8th Grade Career Fair” — Middle school students are already planning for what they want to be when they grow up. At North Central Technical College, 8th graders brought their questions to the professionals for the tenth annual career fair.

“Is there anything out of school that you would recommend someone doing?” Horace Mann student Jordan Burton asked a firefighter.

Burton and her peers may still have braces but they’re already thinking about their post high school and college plans.

“This year in 8th grade we did this thing called the career unit where we looked at a bunch of jobs that we might want to do,” Burton said. “And I was looking at the top 25 jobs.”

At the top of the 25 Best Jobs of 2012 list from the U.S. News and World Report, are health-related and IT careers. In central Wisconsin, fair organizers say despite the recent layoffs in the paper industry, other kinds of manufacturing jobs are still in high demand.

“We really need to see this younger workforce coming up, know that there’s a lot of good careers in manufacturing still, and they’re also high-skilled education careers,” said Dan Nowak, the dean of NTC’s K-12 Programs.

More than 60 different vendors from 16 fields set up tables to give students an idea of what they could be doing someday.

“It’s actually pretty cool because it’s like a once in a lifetime [opportunity] where you have a chance to talk with them and meet with them,” Horace Mann student Jason Xiong said.

For those who already have a firm grasp on what they want to do, the event gives them the motivation they need to pursue those goals.

“I was really interested in the health fields,” Burton said. “It just makes we want to work harder and do the best that I can.”


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