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NC Holds Career Fair for Middle School Students

By: Ellie Mady and Katelynn Scott

April 25, 2017

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The Nemaha Central Middle School students had a fantastic time at the career fair on Wednesday, April 19. Mrs. Laurie Niehues, school counselor, organized this event for the middle school students. The career fair began with the students gathering in the gym to listen to the keynote speakers, who generously agreed to take off part of their work day and speak to the students of NCMS. The speakers were Chris Fisher and Brian Haug from WIBW in Topeka. They gave inspirational speeches about what it takes to follow your dreams and some of the challenges of pursuing a successful career.  Fisher and Haug also had a surprise for the students.  They had a drawing for 4 Royals tickets.  The winning student was Owen Carpenter.  

"They were informative and it was a great experience," said Nadia Padilla, a seventh grade student.

After the amazing speeches, the students had the opportunity to attend presentations from several local community members along with the keynote speakers on different career clusters. Each cluster had a different speaker talking about that particular job field. In addition to hearing speakers in the various career clusters, all students attended a session by Highland Community College Director, Cara Baker.  Students also had the opportunity to visit displays by the Nemaha Central High School students about the career and technical programs that are offered in high school.

Baker talked about different opportunities for high school students to take college courses at the Highland Western Center in Baileyville. Some of the programs offered are welding, construction, medical office assistant, emergency medical technician, certified nurse assistant, certified medical assistant, and precision agriculture.

One of the career clusters was manufacturing. The speakers from the manufacturing field were Betsy Macke and Barry Koch. Both presenters work at Koch and Company, which builds and  sells cabinets to businesses in over 40 states.  Discussed in their session was the different job opportunities involved in a manufacturing business.

Another career cluster presentation was on marketing and sales, which keynote speaker, Brian Haug conducted.  Haug talked about his career responsibilities and the places he has traveled for his line of work. He talked about different marketing techniques and the concept of building strong relationships with others. He also talked about the companies he partners with such as Mars, Ford, Dodge, and many more.

Travel and Tourism is another career cluster and Kylee Luckeroth was the guest speaker. She talked to groups of students about different ways she promotes Seneca tourism. She also talked about Seymour the Seneca Gnome.

Chris Fisher, news anchor from WIBW, spoke about the Arts, AV, and Communication cluster. Fisher shared some of the positives and negatives of his career.  He told the students how they have to accept that not everyone will love them.  Students also viewed some bloopers from previous news broadcasts.

Another career cluster was Architecture and Construction. Eric Bergman spoke to the students about different things relating to construction. One of the main things he discussed was the remodeling part of his business. He talked about the character traits that he looks for in his employees and trustworthiness ranked at the top.   

The final career cluster represented at the career fair was STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Matt Lueger was the speaker for the STEM cluster. Matt is an engineer who came to talk and show videos about his job. Matt works as a salesman for a large company that produces items in a factory. He showed the students several videos of how to run some machines and the science behind how they work. He also told the students about the training required for this type of job and the steps it took him to get there.

There was also the Career and Technical Education Pathway booths, which were arranged by the high school. This consisted of different displays of the career pathways along with high school students to explain the different programs. The students shared concepts about different activities they have done and some of the fun field trips they have taken.

"It was fun and I learned a lot about my future," said Evan Schmitz, an eighth grader.

The middle school students enjoyed the career fair and really appreciate the efforts by the speakers, Mrs. Niehues, and everyone else who helped bring this event to NCMS. Students look forward to next year’s informative career fair.

 

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