The 2013 Career Fair was held at Clintonville Middle School on Wednesday, April 17.
The annual event is sponsored by the Wolf River School to Work Youth Apprenticeship Program, Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce.
Business and organization representatives from 16 different career clusters presented their industries to eighth grade students from Marion Junior High, St. Martin Lutheran (Clintonville), Clintonville Middle School, St. Rose Catholic School (Clintonville), Shawano Middle School, St. James Lutheran (Shawano), Sacred Heart (Shawano), Manawa Middle School, Iola/Scandinavia Middle School, Menominee Indian Middle School, Gresham Middle School, Shiocton Middle School, Bonduel Middle School, St. Paul Lutheran (Bonduel), Menominee Tribal School, and New London Middle School.
While at the Career Fair, students asked questions of the presenters and learned more about their industries. Some of the industries and career clusters represented included agriculture, food and natural resources; architecture and construction; arts, technology and communication; business management and administration; education and training; finance; government and public administration; health science; hospitality and tourism; human services; information technology; law, public safety, corrections and security; manufacturing; marketing; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and transportation, distribution and logistics.
“The Career Fair was definitely a success this year,” said Laura Warning, director of the Wolf River School to Work Youth Apprenticeship Program. “Close to 930 students attended the event from 16 different schools along with 54 (107 people) exhibitors, which is our highest numbers of attendance to date!
“The overall feedback from the exhibitors was great and they all were very impressed with how well prepared the students were this year,” said Warning. “A few students I spoke with were so excited to have the opportunity to talk to ‘real-life professionals’ in a career they may be interested in pursuing after high school and in college, and loved the displays and exhibits that each booth had to offer.
“The educators were very impressed with how many businesses and organizations continue to take part in this event year after year and were excited to see some new ones on board as well,” added Warning. “This event continues to grow and get better year after year and that is because of the businesses and organizations that take time out of their busy work schedules to attend this event. The exhibitors see the benefit the students get out of this event and really go the extra mile to make this an exciting and worthwhile experience for them! The majority of the schools attending our wrapping up their eighth Grade Career Exploratory classes for the year, so for the students this is a great final ‘lesson’ for them in relating what they’ve been learning in class to the ‘real world’ by having an opportunity to see firsthand what’s out there for potential careers and also prepares them for what type of classes they want to take while in high school.”