Looking to the future

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Looking to the future

A representative from Gustavus talks with a student

A representative from Gustavus talks with a student

A representative from Gustavus talks with a student

A representative from Gustavus talks with a student

Oliver Hansen, Writer

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In an effort to promote forward-thinking and good decisions for students’ futures, the Owatonna High School held its eighth annual College and Career Day on Tuesday, Oct. 22. For freshman, sophomores, and juniors, the day was broken up into four equal parts. A quarter of the time was spent in the school gymnasium, where students could walk around and talk to college administrators or representatives from local businesses. Another quarter was spent in the auditorium learning about the hazards of vaping. The remaining half day was utilized by breakout sessions, where students could learn in-depth about a specific job or occupation they might be interested in pursuing.

For seniors, the duration of the first half of the day was played off-site, at one of a number of businesses to choose from including Bosch, Wenger, Federated, Koda Living Community and Bushel Boy. These businesses opened their doors to Seniors for tours and in-depth explanations of the different jobs offered by their cooperation. 

I come here to inspire students about their future. I like getting them excited about their future. I like encouraging them to work hard in high school. I like encouraging students to be intentional when they think about their future.”

— Dr. Wottreng

In the past, many students have chosen to skip College and Career Day, disregarding the incredibly useful knowledge and connections gained through the day. Orchestra director, Mrs. Sandra Justice said, “Students gain exposure to colleges and careers they may not have otherwise tried to pursue or known that they could pursue. In addition, a lot of out of state opportunities exist here, whereas you may not be able to travel to visit them, allowing them to come to us relieves the commitment of travel.” 

Owner of Wottreng Family Dental, Dr. Bob Wottreng, doesn’t see the career fair as a time to hand out candy or talk to kids, but as an opportunity to do something for the community. Dr. Wottreng said, “I come here to inspire students about their future. I like getting them excited about their future. I like encouraging them to work hard in high school. I like encouraging students to be intentional when they think about their future.” College and Career Day continues to link many students in finding their future path correlating with their passions, affecting them even after high school.      

 

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