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Career Exploration Workshop

8th graders went to NECC on Jan. 29

Lori Harding

February 01, 2019

The eighth grade class attended a Career Exploration Workshop at NECC on Tuesday, January 29. The day was very educational. Students learned more about how their interests can be a part of their future careers. It was very interesting to view the results of the CAPS/COPS/ COPES tests all 8th graders took at school the first part of January. The break-out activities were very fascinating. Exploring careers through the O*NET Online website opened students’ eyes to countless career opportunities. The budgeting activity opened their eyes to what the “real world” could look like and helped them realize that spending habits need to be adjusted according to income. Although the weather prohibited the class from taking an actual tour of the campus, they did learn about the layout of the campus virtually. The students are excited to come back another time for an actual tour.


Following time spent at NECC, students traveled to ContiTech, a division of Continnental AG, in Norfolk. Students broke up into 5 groups and toured their facility. The information given was very interesting. We learned that ContiTech manufactures over 80% of all fuel pump hoses in the U.S.! ContiTech in Norfolk is the only manufacturing industry in the U.S. where hoses are made from the raw material stage to the finished product. There is a high demand for careers in the manufacturing industry and there are many opportunities for excellent careers right here in Northeast Nebraska!


Overall, it was a very interesting, educational, and fun day! The testing, workshop, and industry tour are activities 8th grade students participate in as part of the Career Development class taught by Mrs. Harding, school counselor.

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