Rapid City 8th graders get a glimpse of their futures at career fair

RAPID CITY, S.D. — This month is College and Career Readiness Month at Rapid City Area Schools. To honor the cause, eighth grade students from all over town headed to Black Hills State University’s Rapid City campus for the fifth annual College and Career Fair.

College and Career FairLocal colleges, technical schools, and companies showed off their opportunities to excited kids, who were able to engage in a hands-on exploration of their futures.

Dr. Lily Bruckner, College and Career Readiness Manager with Rapid City Area Schools, talked about showing students all of the possibilities for their post-graduation plans, not just undergraduate degrees.

“Whether it be on the job training, a two-year technical college, a four-year college, or a certification, whatever that may be, we just want students to understand that all of their options area valid and we just want them to have a plan moving forward,” she says. 

Students were able to look at universities as well as career paths, and see what kinds of activities different jobs entailed.

Robots, healthcare tools, and even heavy equipment simulators transported the students into a day in their future lives, encouraging them to start to consider their paths.

 

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