Rapid City 8th graders participate in College and Career Exploration Day

Hosted at Western Dakota Tech by Regional Health Rapid City Hospital and Black Hills Energy

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Every eighth grade student in the Rapid City Area Schools got the chance to explore a variety of potential career fields on Thursday. The second annual 8th Grade College and Career Exploration Day was held at Western Dakota Technical Institute and was hosted by Regional Health Rapid City Hospital and Black Hills Energy.

Dozens of business and college partners hosted booths where students were able to participate in an activity or simply ask questions about different career options that are out there. This event gives students the chance to experience different careers, higher education opportunities, businesses and professionals in-person and potentially in a hands-on way that they wouldn’t necessarily experience inside the classroom.

These students were able to take a test before the career day in order to see what their strengths are, in order to be placed in an appropriate potential career cluster.

“We are a huge part of the community and we offer a lot of careers, not just as surgical techs but in a  lot of different departments. I think it’s important to educate kids, and it’s a great career field to get into, and it helps the community and it’s great,” said Michelle Wetsch with Regional Health.

Mutch Usera with Black Hills Energy says they want the students to understand that they have an array of job opportunities for young employees whether they’re attending technical institutes or college or if they’re high school graduates. “There’s a vast area on technical knowledge as well as basic business administration backgrounds. We have an industry that really does well and is really important to our communities,” said Usera.

More than 1,200 eighth-graders were expected to participate in this career-oriented event.

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