Area Teens Learn about Work and Careers at “Work in the Real Word” at Sauk Valley Community College

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Many of today’s occupations did not exist a decade ago due to innovation and new technologies. On Friday, November 16, 2018 almost 300 high school students attended the “Work in the Real World” Career Conference held at Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC). Students from Amboy, Ashton-Franklin Center, Bureau Valley, Dixon, Erie, Ohio, Milledgeville, Morrison, Nachusa, Ohio, Oregon, Prophetstown and Thome attended this event to learn more about a wide variety of careers.

63 Representatives from Agriculture, Architecture, Art, Building Trades, Business, Computer Technology, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Digital Arts, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurial, Healthcare, Hospitality, Human Services, Mechanics, Military, Music, Nursing, Logistics, Manufacturing and Welding shared information about job duties, needed skills, salary ranges and answered questions about what they look for in employees and how to be successful at work.

Students also participated in an Education Panel where they learned about options for education, financial aid and training during and after high school. The panel was led by Joe Bright of Sauk Valley Community College and consisted of Jerry Binder from Whiteside Area Career Center, Mandy Aldridge from Sauk Valley Community College, Scott Connelly from Morrison Institute of Technology and Arielle Kalvelage from Northern Illinois University.

Sally Hanrahan, Youth Coordinator, at BEST, Inc. said “The number of local businesses who leave their busy workplaces to come out and share information to high school students every year for this conference is humbling and speaks to the huge support businesses in the Sauk Valley area have for our youth.” This event was sponsored and coordinated by: BEST Inc, Sauk Valley Community College, and Northwest Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

Contact: Dianna Schuler
BEST, Inc. Business Relations Manager

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