More than 200 students from eight local schools participated in Career Discover Days today (Tuesday) at Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC) Carroll campus. Students were split into groups based on potential career interests and got an inside look at several local employers, including the Pella Corporation, Fusebox Marketing, Toyne Fire Apparatus, and others. DMACC Work-based Learning Director, Dr. Stephanie Oppel, says the six-hour program gives students valuable insight into what each industry looks like from day-to-day.
Once the tours were finished, students returned to DMACC for three, 35-minute sessions in the afternoon. Fifteen different career pathways, from Ag Business and Agronomy to Engineering and Information Technology were offered. Morgan Wollesen, a graphic designer and 2014 East Sac County graduate, led the session geared towards the artistically inclined students. Wollesen says she participated in career fairs in high school and college, but they do not compare to Career Discovery Days.
IKM-Manning sophomores, Tina Thomssen and Katelynn Duff, chose different companies to tour. Thomssen went to Fusebox and Duff visited Carroll High School. While they are still undecided on their future careers, they say the experience taught them something new.
The event continues to grow every year, and Campus Provost, Joel Lundstrom, says their goal is to highlight the opportunities available in the region.
Photos from several of the tours can be found included below.