Iowa County High School Career Fair Gives Students a Glimpse of the Future

Amanda Cronbaugh, DVM, left, talks about different aspects of her job at Veterinary Medical Center, Williamsburg, during a high school career fair held Wednesday, November 9 at the Williamsburg Recreation Center. The event was organized by Kirkwood Community College’s Workplace Learning Connection and brought together high school students from the Williamsburg, Iowa Valley, HLV, English Valleys and Belle Plaine school districts. (Melinda Wichmann/The Tribune Journal)

Iowa County Sheriff Rob Rotter, left, speaks to students about careers in law enforcement at a high school job fair held Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the center of Williamsburg Recreation. The event was organized by Kirkwood Community College’s Workplace Learning Connection and brought together high school students from the Williamsburg, Iowa Valley, HLV, English Valleys and Belle Plaine school districts. (Melinda Wichmann/The Tribune Journal)

WILLIAMSBURG — High school students from across Iowa County attended a high school career fair Nov. 9 at the Williamsburg Recreation Center. The event was hosted by Kirkwood Community College’s Workplace Learning Connection (WLC), a work-based learning program for middle and high school students, in conjunction with regional business partners.

More than 345 students in grades 10-12 participated at Belle Plaine High School, English Valleys Jr./Sr. High School, HLV High School, Iowa Valley Jr./Sr. High School and Williamsburg Jr./Sr. High school. This event gave students the chance to explore a future in healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, construction, veterinary medicine and many other in-demand career fields. Representatives from more than 20 businesses in the region were expected to attend the job fair with the aim of connecting with talented teenagers from their local communities.

“The Iowa County Career Fair is a great opportunity for young people to experience the fantastic job opportunities in their own backyards,” said Sheriff Rob Rotter of the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office. . “Local businesses will have the opportunity to share their stories with students and help prevent local talent from seeking employment elsewhere.

The career fair is one of Iowa County’s largest events of several hosted by WLC throughout the year to help students facing post-secondary planning decisions.

“The Iowa County Career Fair is such an exciting event,” said Kristine Bullock, director of Workplace Learning Connection. “The fair gives students the opportunity to not only learn about the different types of careers available, but also to open their eyes to all the amazing opportunities that are available in and around Iowa County. Companies are excited to participate, as labor shortages and pipeline development are top of mind for all industries right now. Showing up to the next generation of workers is critical to the continued success of these companies. . »

Companies participating in the 2022 Iowa County Career Fair included: Amana Society, Inc., Axis Vision Care, Channel Seed, Compass Memorial Healthcare, Compass Memorial Hospital, Garling Construction, Inc., Heitmann Insurance Services, Iowa County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Mold & Engineering, Inc., Just Automotive, Kinze Manufacturing, Inc., Kirkwood Community College, Magna Body and Chassis Iowa, University of Iowa Radiation Sciences, Veterinary Medical Center, Williamsburg Dental Health Clinic, Williamsburg Manufacturing, and Williamsburg Police Department.

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