Josi Dotterer and Alyssa Wisner are sophomores, barely into their second year of high school at Rogers.
But their school is asking them and all sophomores to think ahead a few years when they’re out of high school and looking for that next career step — whether in college or a trade. The school hosted its first career fair for all sophomores Thursday, Oct. 10, and welcomed many colleges and career choices to study.
Josi said she’d like to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth and study medicine. Alyssa said she’s not really sure what she wants to do yet but would like to attend Northwestern University in Chicago.
“We’re just talking to people about their school and professions,” Josi said. “We’re seeing what specific job you want to go into.”
Careers offered at the school that day ranged from chiropractors, to machinists, to fire fighters, physical therapists, nurses, personal trainers and many more.
Rogers High School Counselor Anne Bartus said the goal is to help students be college or career ready. She said the students already are taking pre-college entrance exams.
“We just want to get them to think about the opportunities out there and to keep them more relevant in high school,” Bartus said. “We’re connecting real world scenarios for after college.”
Each student was tasked with choosing three career areas they are interested in, and to write about what they learned regarding each career interest. In turn the students were asked to speak to at least two colleges.
The students lastly filled out surveys about how the career/college fair helps with plans for the future, whether there are any careers or colleges not there that they would like to see next year, and what they enjoyed most about the college/career fair.
“We just want it all to flow together,” Bartus said.
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Rogers High School student Alyssa Wisner fills out part of the career/college fair survey while checking out the University of Minnesota as a potential college choice. All sophomores attended the school’s first career/college fair. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)
Lisa Larson has the attention of several Rogers junior varsity football players. The players were very interested in Larson’s career as the human resources manager for the Minnesota Vikings. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)