As they begin to plan for their future, Hopkins High School students had the opportunity to talk to college and industry representatives on March 12. The high school hosted a College and Career Fair with more than 115 colleges and over 20 industries represented.
“Our goal for our students is to be prepared when they leave our building,” said Ronda Engelhardt, Hopkins High School school counselor. “Having a career and college fair allows students to start thinking about and exploring options.”
The fair was held during the school day to ensure student access. All sophomores and juniors attended, along with some seniors who could benefit from the experience. Many students learned about what schools and companies had to offer by asking representatives questions.
Tim Amlie, Hopkins High School technology education instructor, organized the career portion of the fair, which was new this year, to help students figure out what they are passionate about and determine the pathway to get where they want to go.
“By connecting students with professionals out in career fields, they get the detail on how, what, and why they do what they do,” he said.
In the future, Amlie would like to grow the career fair with more representation. This year, there were police officers, health care workers, a construction business, and more. Amlie would like to eventually see all career fields and clusters represented.