Area middle and high school students visit with professionals at a career fair hosted by Upper Iowa University and Northeast Iowa Community College.
FAYETTE, Iowa (March 31, 2014) - Upper Iowa University and Northeast Iowa Community College co-hosted an annual exploration fair Wednesday, March 26, for more than 700 students in eighth- through 10th grades. Representatives from over 30 businesses with unique careers provided valuable job skill information.
As part of the day's activities, each student was required to fill out a career workbook, which enabled them to discuss and learn from experts in the various fields showcased at the fair about necessary training and education.
"We were very glad to have middle and high school students on the Upper Iowa campus today," said Hope Trainor, interim director of Career Development at UIU. "Through the career fair, they are able to get an early start on thinking about the educational and career goals they want to set for themselves. In this competitive market, it is important to plan for your professional success and to lay out a plan that includes the right education and experiences to make this happen. When students graduate from high school, having a clear plan to achieve their goals will give them an important advantage."
Students from 15 schools attended the event, including Oelwein, North Fayette Valley, Turkey Valley, MFL-MarMac, North Winneshiek, West Central, Starmont, West Delaware, Clayton Ridge, Lansing, Sumner-Fredericksburg , New Hampton, South Winneshiek, Riceville and Central.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 6,200 students – nationally and internationally – at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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