A full experience at Career Day

Published: May. 25, 2017 at 4:22 PM EDT
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Thursday, May 25 was not a normal school day for some high school students, as they got to weld and drive construction vehicles.

Thursday, more than 500 students from the Marquette Alger County were able to participate in hands-on activities for Career day.

"It's a really great way to showcase what's going on not just in the trades, but in the health care industry," said Tony Retaskie, the Executive Director for Upper Peninsula Construction Council and one of the organizers for Career Day. "It's a great opportunity for students to come here and maybe to learn about careers."

Students had access inside and outside at Marquette County Fairgrounds to network with more than 30 vendors, which particularly helped some graduating seniors.

"I've always thought either apprenticeship or college, I'm not even 100% sure yet and I think this will probably help me decide what I want to do," said Negaunee High School senior.

The students were able to drive trucks, use jack hammers, weld, nail and more. Organizers said that these opportunities can give high schoolers more of an idea of a particular industry rather than just taking home a brochure.

"It just opens you up to bigger ideas and jobs you can potentially have one day," said Kristen Neiswonger, a junior at Negaunee High School. "You can experience new things, play with different machines, and find something you might like more than you are actually interested in."

These hands-on career fairs have been hosted since 2005 rotating throughout the Upper Peninsula to reach high schoolers from all over to share their goal.

"The goal for the kids is to give them an understanding with what's possible in a career field," saind Retaskie. "There's just so many places they can go and so many people they can talk to here. It just gives them place to maybe ask one for the professionals that are hear today what their career is like and maybe it would enhance their interest."

As this Career Day comes to a close, organizers say that within the next three weeks they will already start planning next the next Career Day.

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