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Sauk Valley Community College Career Exploration Day

Area high school juniors and seniors, current SVCC students and community members were invited to participate in Career Exploration Day, Sauk Valley Community College’s 2014 New Look project. This event was designed to accomplish the following goals:
•To increase the number of students considering a career in criminal justice, fire science and/or manufacturing (multicraft technology)
•To increase the participants’ knowledge of the careers available in the fields of criminal justice, fire science and/or manufacturing (multicraft technology)
•To increase the number of participants considering a non-traditional career choice
•To increase the participants’ knowledge of the education/training required for a career in criminal justice, fire science and/or manufacturing (multicraft technology)
•To increase the participants’ knowledge of the support services available at the college level to aid in student success.

Event participants had the opportunity to take part in the following activities:
•Career exploration assistance – Participants utilized the FOCUS 2 career exploration tool to learn more about potential career choice based on their skills, interests and abilities. Participants were then exposed to the benefits of a college education by learning more about the job possibilities and financial benefits of earning a college degree or certificate for their top career choices.
•Career-focused discussions – Participants learned more about how to search for a job, specifically in the fields of manufacturing, fire science, and law enforcement.
•Learning more about the realities of college – Current SVCC students shared their perspective on the benefits of utilizing various support services to aid in college success. The participants had the opportunity to ask questions of the student panel.
•Career Expo – Participants had the opportunity to attend our Careers Fair to meet with area professionals to learn more about local companies who are currently seeking potential employees. This was an opportunity for participants to learn about local job opportunities as well as connect the programs Sauk provides which could lead to employment.
•Hands-on activities – Prior to the event, participants selected the program of study they would like to try out at Sauk. This activity exposed participants to the realities of what the training program is like along with the field. These activities were led by the faculty in these areas.
•Industry Panel – A team of professionals from the manufacturing and public safety fields spoke with students on the education, skills and abilities needed to be successful in these careers. This opportunity allowed participants to gain a more realistic perspective of each career field.

Overall, participants really enjoyed the event. The results from our pre and post evaluations were positive. Several students indicated that this event was informative and they appreciated Sauk providing this opportunity.

Sarah McFarlane, Retention Specialist

Economically Disadvantaged

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