On Wednesday, April 24, Harvard High School welcomed 24 different industry experts to speak with students about careers available in the region.
“The expo is an opportunity for high school students to experience career-related, hands-on demonstrations in a broad variety of industries,” Maura Bridges, District 50’s college and career readiness coordinator, said,
Representatives from Brown Bear Daycare, the Catty Corporation, Cosmetology & Spa Academy, Fur Elegance Pet Salon, Galt Airport, the Harvard Fire Protection District, Harvard Police Department, The Harvard State Bank, McHenry County College, Mercyhealth, Pedigree Ovens, Scot Forge, Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Postal Service, Westmont Public Works, the Woodstock Independent, and Watlow spoke with students and offered interactive activities.
“It’s always nice to have a trade,” Amanda Herrera, owner of Fur Elegance Pet Salon, said. “With a trade, students are able to find work anywhere they might wish to live.”
Watlow Electric shared a Lego-building competition, to illustrate the importance of systemizing processes in manufacturing. McHenry County College provided presentations for their nursing and agriculture programs.
Oskar Martinez, a freshman at Harvard High School, found the college’s nursing information helpful. “I plan to go to college to study nursing,” Martinez said. “Today helped me understand what I need to study to be successful after high school.”
Freshmen Hailie Pollard enjoyed her talk with Brown Bear Daycare. “I like children and want to work with kids,” Pollard said. She hopes to gain experience at Brown Bear next year as part of the high school’s child development classes.
“The event helps students forge a relevant link between curriculum and careers,” Bridges said. “We are grateful to all support we’ve received from local businesses and organizations. Students learned that there are terrific opportunities right in our community.”