Annual Career Expo Set to Engage Students on Future Careers Opportunities on March 7th

Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Talent Collaborative, a division of the Fox Cities Chamber, is hosting its 11th Annual YOUR FUTURE 8th Grade Career Expo on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The Career Expo provides approximately 2,200 local students with a hands-on trade show-like event for them to explore the variety of careers available in the Fox Cities and beyond.


Sixty Fox Cities businesses will interact with 8th grade students in attendance at Lake Park Sportzone in Menasha, showcasing their businesses and exposing students to potential career opportunities and pathways.


The event continues to provide students with an engaging, meaningful experience with business professionals in the Fox Cities community. Students will visit five career zones, each zone encompassing 10 to 12 businesses, during their visit to the Career Expo. Industry representatives will provide an interactive activity or display and answer students’ questions. The career zones combine similar career clusters based on knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a particular area. Career zones for this year’s Expo include: Architecture/Construction, STEM & Manufacturing, Agriculture & Transportation, Health & Human Services and Arts, Business, IT & Marketing.


This one-day Career Expo is integrated into the schools’ curriculums and will give students a better idea when it comes to selecting appropriate future courses as they transition into high school.

“This annual hands-on opportunity provides our students the ability to enhance their academic and career plans by meeting with multiple local businesses to see and experience the various careers that will be available to them. The self-reflection after they experience the Career Expo will help our students better understand how their interests, aptitudes and academic outcomes will prepare them for all of the careers they learned about,” shared Rita O’Brien, Dean of Career Based Learning at Appleton Area School District.

MEDIA ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. The 11th Annual YOUR FUTURE 8th Grade Career Expo is Tuesday, March 7th at Lake Park Sportzone in Menasha from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For additional information on the Career Expo, please contact Patty Milka, Vice President of Talent & Education, at the Fox Cities Chamber at (920) 734-7101 or

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