Grafton High School hosted its fourth annual Career Expo on Oct. 21, but the focus extended well beyond workplace options in the manufacturing sector.
The two-hour expo, held in the high school gym, featured representatives from nearly 40 employers who fielded questions about education and job training requirements, as well as employment possibilities in their job sector.
Participating were Aurora Medical Center, Balance, Inc., Best Friends Veterinary Clinic, Blanking Systems, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Connect Cell, Construction Forms, Crescendo Wealth Management, Donahue and Associates, Family Tree, First Bank Financial Centre, Grafton Chiropractic Clinic, Jumping Country, Mica Meunier Lawrence Agency, Newcastle Place, Ozaukee Day Care, Ozaukee Economic Development, PACE Industries, Paul Crandall and Associates, Port Washington State Bank, QPS Employment Group, RAM Tool, SEEK Careers/Staffing, Shopko, Shorewest Realty, Ted Grob Corp. and Waukesha Metal Products.
The program also drew recruiters from Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, as well as the U.S. Army, Marines and Navy.
Organizers said the event was not meant as a job placement fair, but an opportunity for students to gain insights into career opportunities.
The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event in conjunction with the Grafton School District.
Pam King, the Chamber’s executive director, said the career expo has proven to be a valuable experience for students and participating businesses.
“The Grafton High School Career Expo provided all of our high-school students with opportunities to obtain information about more than 35 careers,” King said.
“Connecting face to face with local business leaders enabled our students to ask questions about careers, including the amount of post-high school training required, salary and benefits related to specific careers and opportunities for advancement within specific fields.”
After sponsoring the career fair for four years, King said, she has heard plenty of positive feedback from students and business representatives.
“Anytime we can connect students with business professionals, it’s a win-win for all,” she said.
CRAIG WICHMANN OF RAM Tool, Inc. spoke about jobs in the manufacturing sector with student Aleksey Derzon during the Grafton High School Career Expo.
Photo by Sam Arendt