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High school students frequently get asked what they would like to do when they grow up, and many do not have a good answer because they do not know how to translate their skills and interests into a full-time job. Fortunately, Muscatine High School (MHS) instructional coach Denise Hillman and career planning counselor Maureen Beran created the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Career Fair to help students learn about future jobs they could fall in love with in some of the fastest growing fields.
According to Hillman, after a successful business and career fair last year, Hillman partnered up with Beran to help get more local businesses involved and to incorporate more STEAM related industries, as part of Muscatine Community School District’s initiative to grow STEAM education.
The results of their collaboration created this year’s STEAM Career Fair. At this event, pre-registered students could attend discussions led by local business representatives to get a first-hand understanding of careers they could have and what kind of education they would need to pursue them.
Students found this event helpful and inspirational. Sophomore Krittany Cubbage shared that she learned about the National Guard, and though she knew little about it before, she now considers it a possible career path. “What interested me about [them] is there are different job opportunities,” she explained, noting the variety of paths National Guard members can take.
Overall, Bernan and Hillman felt the STEAM Career Fair succeeded. “I am very excited about offering this opportunity. I believe that students need to be able to explore careers before they graduate. I’m working with the grade schools’ counselors and they are planning on hosting their own career fairs in the month of May.” With so much zeal from Bernan, Hillman and the students, the STEAM Career Fair will push on full steam ahead to help future Muskies find fulfilling careers.

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