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 NWTC, De Pere students talk careers at high school event


 Rodee Schneider


In the second floor community room of De Pere High School, small groups scuttle from table to table, introduce themselves, and dive into discussion. adminprofsmall.jpg

Its a diverse crowd of 35 business students, running the age spectrum from freshman through seniors. Theyre 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 NWTCs 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. 

Its been a really big learning experience, “said Hall. We had to work on a deadline, coordinate with different teams, just as youd do in the real world.

In addition to roundtable discussions on NWTC admissions and career insights, students heard presentations from NWTCs internship coordinator, played trivia, and enjoyed a light lunch (also created by program students).adminprof2.jpg

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. Its 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 classmates. 

Theres a lot involved. But its all been worth it to get the experience.

To find out more about NWTC's Administrative Professional program, visit them online.​