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Johnsburg High School hosts college, career fairs

Johnsburg High School juniors Sarah Metze, Lauren Hendrixson and Shannon Flynn speak with a college recruiter Monday at Johnsburg High School's College Fair.
Johnsburg High School juniors Sarah Metze, Lauren Hendrixson and Shannon Flynn speak with a college recruiter Monday at Johnsburg High School's College Fair.

Johnsburg High School recently hosted its second annual College and Career Fair.

The events were put on by the school’s guidance department, along with a committee of staff volunteers who spent months contacting colleges and universities and coordinating visit times for all of the high school’s students.

The college fair included more than 50 colleges and universities. Some trade schools, community colleges and the Armed Forces were present, as well. The event’s planners tried to have a post-secondary option available for every student to meet.

Johnsburg High School guidance counselor and fair director Kim Ault said hosting a college fair during the school day makes it convenient for Johnsburg students.

“We really try to remove the barriers our students might have that could prevent them from attending other fairs,” Ault said.  “Some students have issues with transportation, athletics or work that makes it difficult for them to go to the evening college fairs.”

Students had time to prepare for the fair with College Fair Education Coordinator Meg Oeffling, who presented to Johnsburg High School’s freshmen, sophomores and juniors about how to prepare a target list of schools to speak with and what questions to ask.

On Tuesday, the guidance department hosted a career fair for local businesses looking to hire Johnsburg High School students. It was the first career fair at the high school, and coordinator Tom Haurum already has plans to expand its reach next year. More than 30 local businesses were represented.

Principal Kevin Shelton recognized the importance of exposing students to the many options that exist after graduation.

“These events are incredibly important to provide a first-hand look for students at what their future could be like after high school, whether it is continuing with their education in some way, joining the military or immediately joining the workforce,” Shelton said. “We are grateful to the many colleges, universities, service organizations and businesses who participated in these events.” 

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