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8th Grade Career Exploration

Career Exploration Fair

 Annual Oshkosh Career Cluster Showcase

Nearly 750 eighth-grade students from both the Oshkosh Area Public School system and Lourdes Academy participated in the Career Cluster Showcase held at Oshkosh West High School on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.

Oshkosh schools partnered with the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce to welcome over 50 different booths with over 75 different presenters interacted with students demonstrating different career pathways. The goals of the event were to provide students with an exposure to a wide range of occupations within our region. Students were able to meet people who work in these occupations and learn what trade organizations, universities and colleges offer to prepare them for careers. They also learned about the companies that offer these opportunities.
Hands-on activities, demonstrations and simulators engaged students in career exploration. "The annual career exploration showcase is an example of effective community collaboration between the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, businesses, Oshkosh Area School District, Lourdes, FVTC, UWO and trade unions to support the development of our future workforce," stated Patti Andresen-Shew, Director of Education and Talent Development for the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.

Presenters enjoyed continental breakfast prepared by the Oshkosh North Culinary class with a special thank you to the student volunteers from UW Oshkosh Counseling and Oshkosh West High School for their assistance.

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.