Sparta High School and the Sparta Chamber of Commerce will host the second Career Fair March 1 at Sparta High School to further prepare students to be college, career and community ready.
More than 750 students from Sparta High School, SAILS and High Point Charter School will participate in career activities including career guest speakers and a job fair. The event takes place during the state ACT and WorkKeys assessments for 11th grade students.
“We wouldn’t be able to put on this event without our excellent partnerships with the Sparta Chamber, local businesses, and local colleges and universities,” said Chrissy DeLong, Sparta High School Counselor.
“Last year’s event was overwhelmingly successful; this year we have added more career speakers from all 16 career clusters to give our students a variety of career options to learn about.”
“This is such an exciting opportunity for students to become acquainted with professionals in their community and learn more about their own interests,” added Erin Burns, Sparta High School Counselor.
Senior students will be participating in mock interviews staffed by local business partners. Freshman and sophomore students will present information about the career day they attended to the seventh grade students from Meadowview Middle School. In the afternoon, all four grades will listen to five career speakers of their choice and will attend the job fair comprised of Sparta area businesses.
“We are very excited to host this event again at SHS. We are extremely excited for the seventh grade students to view what our freshman and sophomore students learned the day before when they attended post-secondary institutions and businesses from the Eau Claire or Winona area,” Principal Sam Russ said. “We are pleased to partner with so many of our local businesses and fortunate that they give up their day to assist with our students who will be building a stronger community.”
Shobi Nunemacher, President of Referral Staffing Solutions, said more than 75 business representatives will attend to help the students understand more about the opportunities available to them in Sparta and the surrounding communities. This includes more than 40 speakers along with 25 career fair booths. “I’m impressed by the number of businesses willing to invest in our future leaders by attending this event and sharing life and career lessons with the SHS students,” she said. “We look forward to another great event.”
“In addition to the other events mentioned, we will also have a public career fair from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and we encourage walk-ins to come and see who’s hiring,” Nunemacher said.