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YGC: 21st Century Career Fair at Hawkeye Community College

by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL)-- For the second year, Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo hosted a 21st Century Career Fair for eighth graders.

The fair sponsored by Target. The goal was to get the students thinking about their futures early.

"As adults we know how fast the next four years are gonna go and it's good to get them centered and focused before high school and push them on the right track," said Brittany Jungck with Hawkeye Community College.

More than 1200 students explored opportunities at 18 businesses in the Cedar Valley.

"We have a program that fits with each of the businesses that's visiting today so if a student decided they wanted to work at Cohesive, they could take our graphic design program," said Jungck.

"The best opportunities are going to be for those who do well in school now. Focus on science, technology, engineering, math. Also, develop social skills the soft skills we talk about so they're able to interact with people effectively and positively," said guest speak Kendall Kelly with Cedar Valley Manufacturers Association.

Potential employers said besides education, character counts in the work force.

"Listen to their instructors, to their teachers, to their coaches, to their administrators, to their parents. That this is their work now to prepare themselves for their future for their career opportunities," said Kelly.

The goal is to expose the students to as many choices as possible and get them on the right path early.

"I think if they can get as much education as they can and try as much variety and try as many experiences as possible they'll be better equipped to handle whatever life throws at them when they get older," said Jungck.

Iowa schools are now required to offer work readiness education as part of the curriculum and Brittany Jungck says this fair helps schools meet that criteria.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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