Students to get career advice at expo

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 16, 2016

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Utica Community Schools students will get a sneak peek of the adult world at the Career Expo 2016 March 29.

The event, which takes place at Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, will invite an estimated 100 professionals from different careers.

They will teach students about their jobs and the education, qualifications and skills needed to do them. Students and their parents are welcome, as is school district staff, according to UCS.

According to a statement from Robert Monroe, UCS assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, the expo gives students a great chance to explore their interests and see whether they want to pursue them for a living.

“It furthers our district’s college culture by allowing industry and business leaders to talk directly to our students about the importance of postsecondary experiences and the steps they need to take to be successful,” he said. 

UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy said the event typically draws between 500 and 700 students.

He said those students will meet professionals who come from career fields such as arts and communication; business management, marketing and technology; engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology; health sciences; human services; and natural resources and agriscience.

“All of the professions fit under those six pathways,” he said.

According to McAvoy, the career expo is one of three events that UCS holds to inform families as students progress through their academic careers. The first is the Academic Blitz, which teaches parents about academic programming options such as the Advanced Placement program. The second is the career expo, and the third is a college fair, he said.

Utica Community Schools will host Career Expo 2016 7-9 p.m. March 29 at Eisenhower High School, 6500 25 Mile Road in Shelby Township. Admission is free; guests are encouraged to arrive by shuttle from Stevenson High School, Wiley Elementary School or Henry Ford II High School due to limited parking. The shuttles can be used every 15 minutes from 6:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Learn more about UCS by visiting www.uticak12.org or by calling (586) 797-1000.

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