5. June 2012 10:57
Area 8th grade students explore career clusters
With navy blue “passports” in hand and good walking shoes, 1,200 area eighth grade students stepped into the halls of Moraine Park Technical College to set sail on their career-focused journey. Students from middle schools in Beaver Dam, Brandon, Campbellsport, Green Lake, Hustisford, Markesan, Princeton, Ripon, Rosendale, Fond du Lac and Waupun attended.
When students arrived, they were provided with a list of possible career and education-related questions to ask area businesses that were present at the event. Students got to chat and network with the following businesses: US Cellular; Society Insurance; Aurora Medical Center; Agnesian HealthCare; Confections for Any Occasion; J.F. Ahern Co; Fond du Lac County Police Department; Mid-States Aluminum Corp; Sargento Foods, Inc; Sure-Fire, Inc; Westphal Printing; Westbury Bank; Briggs & Stratton; and Commonwealth Companies.
Kelly Flood, Travis Jensen and Matt Zimmerman represented J.F. Ahern Co., one of the leading mechanical and fire protection contractors in the United States. “It’s been fun giving students a quick snapshot of what careers are like in manufacturing,” said Flood. “This has been a great way for the eighth graders to become familiar with area businesses and the services they provide.”
Students could choose one of nine breakout sessions to attend, which included soft skills, baking, EMT, nursing, manufacturing, barber/cosmetology, automotive technician, technical support and engine research and development. It was the first time on Moraine Park’s campus for Theisen Middle School students Mark Dilling and Spencer Patton. They both attended the Engine Research and Development breakout session and thought it was a fun and interesting experience, especially because they both have worked on engines before.
Bob Benike, a Social Studies teacher at Campbellsport Middle School, thought the event had a nice variety of career-focused activities for students to enjoy. “I think it was beneficial having the different area companies represented at the event and a great opportunity for students to get ideas on their future education and careers.”
Students arrived back from their journey with a better idea of career options and plans to continue exploring in the future. For more information on programs at Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu/programs.