This fall, the Waukee Community School District welcomed the addition of a new Career Services office to serve all K-12 students. With a commitment to helping students become more future-ready, Waukee Career Services will help provide a variety of awareness and exploration events and experiences.
On Wednesday, October 4th, Waukee High School hosted a Business Lunch-and-Learn in the commons area over the lunch hour. Area professionals from various business-related careers attended the event, showcasing their professions. Students learned about real estate, marketing, human resources, event planning, finance, banking, and more. In addition, several colleges, universities, and the military were in attendance to share where students can find more education in business-related fields after they graduate.
Northwest High School hosted its first Lunch-and-Learn event on Friday, October 20 with a focus on healthcare. Local hospitals, clinics, and specialty areas such as chiropractic and nutrition, attended the event to share the wide variety of careers in health services. In addition, several colleges offering degrees in health sciences were in attendance to share ways for students to train for these fields.
Additional lunch and learn events will be held each term at both high schools in career fields such as STEM and the trades. We are excited to bring business partners and colleges into our high schools to promote awareness of specific careers and schools.
Volunteer and Job Fair:
New this school year is the transition of the annual high school Volunteer Fair to a combined Job and Volunteer Fair. Local non-profit organizations attending will be highlighting volunteer opportunities for students to earn Silver Cord hours. However, this year, the number of attendees will double with the addition of local businesses looking to hire high school students for part-time jobs. The fair will be hosted at Waukee High School on Tuesday, November 14th, and at Northwest High School on Thursday, November 16th.
Additional Career Services Opportunities:
Outside of career day and job fair activities this fall, the Career Services office has been busy assisting with the following:
- Career Classroom Presentations – Teachers can request classroom presentations on various career topics including Resume Writing, LinkedIn, Interview Skills, Communication Etiquette, and more. Custom presentations can also be created.
- Industry Connections – Our office can connect your student with alumni and industry professionals, providing opportunities for job shadows, informational interviews, and mentorship.
- Resume and Cover Letter Writing Assistance – Students looking to create new employment documents or have a staff member provide edits and suggestions can contact the Office for help – virtually or in person.
- Job Board – Coming soon! Students will have access to a one-stop shop of part-time job opportunities in the Waukee area in the near future.
We look forward to beginning our work with middle school and 8/9 students as we continue to expand opportunities across the district. Be on the lookout for exciting fairs and events coming soon!
Mindi Heitland, Career Services Coordinator