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Fair trades

TIFFIN– For high school students, the question of what they want to be when they grow up ceases to be a rhetorical one as they consider future employment.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) students had the opportunity to meet with a variety of employers and educational representatives from the surrounding area during a Career Fair held at the CCA High School in Tiffin Nov. 3. The Career Fair is typically held on a semi-annual basis in cooperation with Kirkwood Community College’s Workplace Learning Connection, and is one of a number of career-oriented programs held in the school district throughout the year. While many such fairs provide employment opportunities, the CCA event was an opportunity for students to explore a variety of options as they begin to make post-high school plans.
While some students had a good idea of what they want to do after high school, others were still exploring options.
“I’m just going around looking,” Brittany Soulek said of the event. Although she professed interest in criminal justice and homicide investigation, she spent time talking with a medic from Johnson County Ambulance Service and looking over the array of equipment, including a cardiac monitor/defibrillator.
“I want to be a teacher” said student Jessica Wayson, who plans to specialize in either math or English at the high school level.
There were nearly 20 employers and educational institutions in attendance at the career fair, including the Carpenters’ Local 1260 of Iowa City, Iowa Army National Guard, US Army, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Hawkeye Foodservice Distribution and West Music. Educational opportunities included the U of I School of Dentistry, Kaplan University and ITT Technical Institute. The event gave students like Soulek and Wayson an opportunity to investigate and explore career fields such as Emergency Medical Services, the Army and Iowa Army National Guard, ask questions about being a librarian, cosmetologist, or musician and learn more about the construction trades such as carpentry and HVAC/sheet metal work.
The Workplace Learning Connection, in cooperation with CCA, sponsored the event.