Youth explore local career options

Students from GHV, West Hancock, Forest City and Belmond-Klemme learned about career opportunities in Hancock County and North Iowa at a career fair hosted by Hancock County Economic Development Corp. and participating business, industry and services. Rebecca Peter|The Leader

GARNER – An estimated 425 high school juniors and seniors from four area schools learned about career opportunities close to home and the qualifications they will need for those jobs. The 2018 Hancock County Career Fair was held April 13 at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School.

In addition to GHV, students from West Hancock, Forest City and Belmond-Klemme attended the event. Students heard from motivational speaker Kevin Kush, former teacher and football coach at Boys Town in Nebraska.

Planning for the 2018 Career Fair started last November.

“This is the best event that we’ve ever had,” said Jill Kramer, Hancock County Economic Development Corp. director. “We have 52 businesses here.”

Kramer said the interaction between students and businesses was great.

“It's an opportunity for them to ask questions they wouldn’t normally ask in an interview,” she said.

Students generally found the experience to be eye-opening.

“It’s opening a lot of opportunities for students to expand their horizons from just one thing,” said Rachael Hanson a junior from GHV.

West Hancock junior Payton Daniels, commented, “It’s nice to have these businesses all around in one big space with a lot of people. It makes it less intimidating.”

Read the complete story in the April 18 Leader.

Editor's Note: Star Pralle, GHV student intern, also contributed to  this article.