On Thursday, February 23rd, roughly 400 8th & 11th grade students from all Gogebic, Ontonagon and Hurley, WI Schools participated in a Gogebic Community College (GCC) preview day as well a career exploration day in the Lindquist Center gym on the GCC campus.
The planning of this event was a group effort between the UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works!, GCC Staff, The Ironwood Chamber of Commerce, Gogebic- Ontonagon Intermediate School District and Michigan Rehab services. The students participated in events like an ice breaker activity in the morning, lunch, a campus tour, and many of the businesses had games or activities at their table to engage students. Some GCC programs also had tables there to represent the educational opportunities at the college that would tie in to the careers represented.
Events like this help expose students to options that are available to them when they start planning their career path. Students are able to connect the training and education they will need to get a good job after they complete school. This event also raises awareness with students about careers they might not have known about. There are many family sustaining jobs locally and connecting students to all of their options helps local businesses find the best talent and gives opportunities to local students.
Over 40 businesses and organizations were in attendance to represent careers of all types. Everything from welding and other trades, veterinary medicine, manufacturing and corrections just to name a few. The schools and business participants agreed that the event was a great success, and hope to make this an annual event going forward.
Special thanks to Extreme Tool & Engineering of Wakefield, MI as well as Snow Country Contracting of Bessemer, MI whose sponsorship funding helped with busing costs for the Ontonagon School District. The planning committee also offers special thanks to the many local businesses that offered donations for things like bottled water, dinner wear, and prizes for games played with the students.