In the second floor community room of De Pere High School,
small groups scuttle from table to table, introduce themselves, and dive into
It’s a diverse crowd of 35 business
students, running the age spectrum from freshman through seniors. They’re
here to learn about career options, and how to navigate what can seem like a
dizzying college application process. Sitting at tables with signs reading “college
experience”, and “financial aid,” there are handshakes and
introductions from employees who work at places like Bellin Health and
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. At other tables, NWTC students dish on
what college is really like.
Unbeknownst to the high schoolers in attendance, the day is proving just as educational for the organizers. The event is the culmination of
months of work from students in NWTC’s Administrative
Professional program. The students, who are training for careers in everything
from project coordination, office management and customer service, handled
logistics, publications, budgeting and technology to pull off the event.
NWTC student Alyssa Hall said the experience has been challenging,
but well worth it.
“It’s been a really big learning experience,
“said Hall. “We had to work on a deadline, coordinate with different
teams, just as you’d do in the real world.”
In addition to roundtable discussions on NWTC admissions and
career insights, students heard presentations from NWTC’s
internship coordinator, played trivia, and enjoyed a light lunch (also created
by program students).
The insight into a community college education is something
that Carrie Knutson, who teaches business at De Pere High School, said she and
her students find valuable.
“Students at our high school are often told that a
four-year college is the only option. This gives students another route, and
gives them great information,” said Knutson.
With declining budgets for school travel, Knutson added that
having the event at the high school made it easier to get her students involved.
She also worked with NWTC students to coordinate logistics and site visits.
“This has been awesome. It has been a nice partnership.
convenient and keeps costs down.”
Whether or not the high school students end up at NWTC ,
Hall knows that producing the event has been well worth it for her and her
“There’s a lot involved. But it’s
all been worth it to get the experience.”
To find out more about NWTC's Administrative Professional program, visit them online.