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Proviso West Freshmen Learn About Careers at Career Exploration Fair

May 28, 2015 02:25 PM
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Around 500 Proviso West High School freshmen had an opportunity to ignite their curiosity about different careers at the school’s Career Exploration Fair on May 7.
 
According to Ms. Kate Foster, college and career counselor at Proviso West, the career fair featured more than 30 industries including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, information technology, public safety (EMT and Fire), marketing, finance, business, transportation, education, construction trades, various construction trades, landscape design and architecture, real estate, government, and health and human services as well as three branches of the military. There also were several guest speakers who discussed their careers.
 
The various careers represented at the fair are pathways that students can pursue through post-secondary training or education, Ms. Foster said.
 
"We wanted to give students an introduction to the world of work and its many possibilities," Ms. Foster said. "We wanted to connect our students and their interests to an avenue for exploring careers, and this event was a great introduction."
 
The guidance curriculum at Proviso West offers students a chance to explore career options through the use of Naviance and other software in cooperation with opportunities to earn dual credit, participate in training programs, job shadowing, and internship opportunities.
 
"It was important to us that we invited companies whose jobs require a variety of levels of post-secondary training or education, though they were united in the necessity of all employees at minimum having earned a high school credential," Ms. Foster said.
 
For more photos of the Career Exploration Fair, please click here.
 
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