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8th Grade Career Exploration

Career Exploration Fair


This one-day event is where more than 800 eighth grade students in both public and private schools learn about different careers options from community businesses. 

This year, the Oshkosh Area School District and the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce partnered to welcome more than 80 community representatives from 16 different career clusters with representatives from Oshkosh Chamber members, Fox Valley Technical Collage, UW-Oshkosh, Marian College, elected representatives, ROTC, City of Oshkosh and Winnebago County.

“The Chamber supports providing students with career exploration as part of the foundation for area workforce development.  Having the opportunity to interact with adults in different occupations and learning what type of training and education is required first-hand provides the opportunity for some authentic learning experiences. The number of presenters at this year’s event grew tremendously providing students with a variety of occupations to learn about,” said Patti Andresen-Shew, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Coordinator.

This event was made possible thanks to our generous sponsors at the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Fox Valley Workforce Development Board Inc, Oshkosh Area School System, Lourdes Academy, and thanks to our volunteers from UW Oshkosh and Oshkosh West.

The Oshkosh Chamber is always looking to further its involvement in career exploration and to partner with other area businesses to offer this great opportunity to high school students. If your business would like to take part in this great opportunity to help further the education of our high school students, please contact Patti Andresen-Shew at patti@oshkoshchamber.com.




Career Life and Path Day

Tying education to real-life job opportunities.

Career & Life Path Day is a three-day Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement event that gives 8th grade students in the Oshkosh community the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with a business or organization of their choice. Career & Life Path Day gives students the tools to help determine which career or life path option to pursue, whether it is post-secondary education, the military, entering the workforce, or volunteering, or other options.

Prior to the event, the students work on career based curriculum to provide a foundation to Career and Life Path Day. Career & Life Path Day gives them the opportunity to explore this career area further. Students gain valuable information including:

  • The education path required for a certain career / job
  • The rewards and challenges of a certain career
  • What day-to-day life is like in a certain job
  • What students can do to prepare for a certain career including but not limited to part time jobs, volunteer work, and internships.

Benefits for Schools

  • An opportunity to relate classroom learning to a real-life experience
  • A demonstration of the importance of education in the workplace
  • Positive relationship-building with business/community leaders in the Oshkosh community

Benefits for Businesses

  • A chance to positively affect the outcome of future generations
  • The opportunity to be a part of the Oshkosh education system
  • Promotion of business through community service

Get Involved

Want to make your mark on students in the community? Take part in Career & Life Path Day or any of the Chamber's other educational programs! We are always looking for new ways to help students in the Oshkosh area community. Call (920) 303-2266 for more details on how to get involved.

What are the students saying?

"Always be helpful because the help will come back to you and help you out one day.  I also learned how to take blood pressure and how to use the lifts to pick up and elderly person.  I also learned that care givers are hard to find in Oshkosh.  People go to school for it but then nothings opens then they go out of the valley and miss the opportunity to stay in Oshkosh with that job." Student: Olivia Davis

"Look towards your future, find something in your interest and look at the opportunities you have." Student: Tyler Wingert

 "Having a college degree is always good and that I should always try to promote myself and show my potential." Student: Phoenix Drager

 "School is preparing you for life." Student: Austin Swan

What are the employers saying?

Click here to learn more about Silver Star Brands experience with Career Life and Path Day.