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Career Expo 2014 draws an estimated 650 students


May 14, 2014

What do you want to do when you grow up?

An estimated 650 seventh grade students from throughout the Northwoods had the opportunity to explore answers to that question when they attended the recent Career Expo 2014 sponsored by Nicolet College.

career expoThe event featured 39 different exhibitors, the vast majority of them businesses representing 16 different career fields.

“A big part of selecting a career is first knowing about the many different possibilities that are out there,” said Erika Warning, Nicolet College Career Coach. “The Career Expo gave students the chance to learn about the many, many different careers and talk first hand with professionals in the different fields.”

Seventh grade students are at the age when many start to get a general idea of what they may be interested in as a career, said Susan Holster, guidance counselor at James Williams Middle School.

“That’s why events like this are so important,” Holster said. “It gives them the opportunity to learn about careers many probably never knew existed. It also reinforces the career exploration activities we do in school.”

Along with career options students also learned about the education and training necessary to enter any given field.

School district that sent students to the event, held at the Rhinelander Ice Arena, included Rhinelander, Northland Pines, Three Lakes, Crandon, Mercer, Lac du Flambeau, Phelps, North Lakeland, Laona, Wabeno, Tomahawk, Elcho, and Nativity Catholic School.

Career fields students had the opportunity to learn about included business, finance, manufacturing, engineering, health, information technology, law enforcement, natural resources, media, government, education, tourism, construction, and many others.

Businesses and organizations that donated to the event include Rhinelander Ice Arena, Wal-Mart, Forest County Potawatomi, Tomahawk Community Bank, Associated Bank, and the Raptor Education Group.

Businesses and organizations that participated in the Career Expo include Aspirus Clinic, Associated Bank, CASE Construction-Tomahawk Customer Center, CoVantage Credit Union, Crandon Public Library, Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation , Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Drs. Foster & Smith, Family & Child Learning Centers Of N.E.W., Inc., Forest County Potawatomi Tribal Administration, Forth Floral, Frontier Communications, Headwaters, Holiday Acres, Judge Robert Kinney, Minocqua Public Library, Nicolet College Cosmetology, Nicolet College Criminal Justice, Nicolet College Fire Training & EMS, Nicolet College Foundation, Nicolet College Science Programs, Nicolet College Welding, Northwoods Wildlife Refuge, Oneida County Sheriff's Department, Pioneer Equipment Company, Ponsse North America Inc., Printpack, Raptor Education Group, Rhinelander Fire Department, Rhinelander GM Auto Center, Ripco Credit Union, Spine & Sport, Superior Diesel, Tomahawk Community Bank, Walgreens, WIFC, Wisconsin Public Service, and WXPR.