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Career Connect brings the world of work to eighth-graders

The Expo is a one-day event for all of Douglas County School District's (DCSD) eighth-grade students to explore a wide range of career opportunities, interview business leaders and meet with higher education representatives.

“One of the biggest purposes we have in our district is to prepare our students so that when they finish high school they can go into the college of their choice or get the training or the career of their choice to be productive in society,” said Douglas County School Board Vice President Kevin Larsen.

With the ever-changing landscape in the world of employment, students were exposed to the vast array of career opportunities.

“There’s lots of different options here and so much to look at and we’ve never even heard of before. There’s so much as youth that we don’t understand yet, so being exposed to it at an early age really helps,” explained Sierra Middle School 8th grader Kate Padrnos.

The event made an impact on both students and employers.

“It’s a win for everybody…for these kids to see what they can do in their future and it’s a win for these employers and people in the community to see their incoming talent,” concluded Larsen.

November 21, 2013 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Middle School Education

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