Students To Hear About NW Iowa Career Oportunities

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Lyon County high school freshmen and sophomores will hear about careers available in Lyon County on Friday, January 30th at a Career Exploration Day.
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Lyon County Economic Development Director Steve Simons says it’s a project he’s been working on with George-Little Rock, Central Lyon and West Lyon guidance departments, Rock Rapids Economic Development Director John Hulshof, and Northwest Iowa Community College.

He says that more than 20 local business professionals will be participating and presenting information in Agriculture Related, Arts/Audiovisual Technology, Building Trades, Business/Entrepreneur, Engineering/Surveying, Finance, Health Sciences, Hospitality/Tourism, Manufacturing and Social Sciences categories.

The half-day session will be held in seven locations with the Forster Community Center as the centerpiece.

He says the nearly 290 students have been surveyed and selected three career categories/sessions that they will attend.

He says Anderson will also hold a workforce and education session for Lyon County parents and community members on Thursday, January 29, at 7 PM the evening before the Career Exploration Day at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.

We had a chance to talk to Lynn Anderson and she gave us a preview of the information she’ll present to the students.

She says she’s also got some advice for parents on Thursday night.

Anderson says research indicates most students now entering the job force will change careers nine times in their life. She says that means it’s not enough to get any old college degree — the field of education is changing too.

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The Career Exploration Day schedule is:

Thursday, January 29
Parent’s program on workforce and education at Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids

Friday, January 30
Student Career Exploration Day at Forster Community Center and other locations in Rock Rapids.

9 a.m. – Student arrival from three schools

9:10 a.m. – Whole-group presentation (40 minutes/10 minutes movement)

10 a.m. – Session 1 (25 minutes presentation/10 minutes movement)

10:35 a.m. – Session 2 (25 minutes presentation/10 minutes movement)

11:10 a.m. – Session 3 (25 minutes presentation/10 minutes movement)

11:45 a.m. – Lunch at Forster (35 minutes)

12:20 p.m. – Students to busses

12:30 p.m. – Buses depart