Academic and Career Events Held at High Schools

Academic and Career Events Held at High Schools
Posted on 01/02/2019
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Each year, high schools in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District hold Academic and Career Days designed to help students plan for their future.

On November 14, 2018, West Allis Central High School hosted their Academic and Career Planning Day with over forty professionals coming to meet with students to share information about their careers.

Some of the careers represented at this year's career fair were: butcher, business owner, civil engineer, physical therapist, truck driver, forensic scientist, performing arts, auto mechanic, roofer, electrician, and many more.

“Students selected which careers were of interest to them and attended those presentations. They were able to learn about the profession and ask pertinent work-related questions,” said Student Services Counselor, Nate Rice.

In addition to classroom presenters, a number of post-secondary representatives were on hand to meet with students. Representatives from Marquette, UW-Oshkosh, Vici Beauty School, UW-Green Bay, St. Mary's University of Minnesota were in attendance. Representatives from Uline, NSPS, Bell Ambulance, Quad Graphics, and the United States Armed Services were present.

On December 11, 2018, Nathan Hale High School hosted their Academic and Career Planning Day. “Ultimately, we want students to be well-informed when it comes to career planning,” said Student Counselor, Karen Houston, “students need to see how their performance in high school connects to post-high school goals.”

Freshmen and Sophomores participated in a Career Fair to learn more about careers of interest. Just like at Central, over 40 presenters came to talk with students about their careers; their education and training, the employment outlook, positives and negatives of the job, pay ranges, and ways to be successful in the field.

Juniors and Seniors had the opportunity to select and attend three workshops relevant to their stage of academic and career planning. Sessions ranged from Employability and Interviewing Skills, Scholarships/Financial Aid, College Application Workshop, Junior Conference Presentation, and an
Alumni Panel Discussion. In addition, Juniors had an option to participate in a field trip to area post-secondary schools (UW-Milwaukee or WCTC) to learn about the programs available at that school and tour the campus, matching potential interests and strengths with options to attain future goals and aspirations.