ELGIN - School District U-46 will showcase curriculum and career pathways for U-46
students at the annual expo on Oct. 14 at Elgin Community College. In partnership with the Alignment Collaborative for Education (ACE), Explore 2017: A Community, Curriculum, and Career Expo aims to introduce fifth through 10th grade students to dozens of careers through hands-on demonstrations and conversations with local professionals.
“It’s never too early to start thinking about high school courses as well as college and careers,” said U-46 CEO Tony Sanders. “Explore 2017 will provide an opportunity for families to engage with U-46 teachers, guidance counselors and local organizations on possible career pathways their students can take.”
The Citizens’ Advisory Council helped the District launch the first expo three years ago. ACE, a non-profit local organization that brings together community resources and initiatives to support District priorities, has since helped expand the expo in the past two years.
“This year’s expo has more than 65 careers to explore,” said Nancy Coleman, execu
tive director of ACE. “Community and business leaders who understand the importance of showcasing careers to middle and high school students will create a rich experience for students in various career fields, from environmental sciences to culinary arts.”
The expo can serve as another resource to help increase the number of students earning industry certifications. Parents and students are encouraged to have conversations with U-46 staff and industry experts to expand their knowledge about potential careers and the relevant U-46 secondary courses.
U-46 faculty and staff will explain core classes, electives and popular course sequence that are based on students’ career interests, such as courses in automotive welding, healthcare science and manufacturing. Two automotive teams - including one all-female group - will race the clock in an engine tear-down.
Several dozen local business and industry partners will lead students in discussions and hands-on demonstrations, such as assembling a frame withFabric Images or performing day-to-day procedures taught at AVID CNA School. Industry experts from the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a hospitality booth with culinary demonstrations by representatives from the Grand Victoria Casino, as well as trivia games and giveaways. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about public safety careers from the Elgin Police Department, who will bring a SWAT truck, and the Elgin and Carol Stream fire departments. To see some of the featured professionals at this year’s expo, please visit: Explore 2017.
The expo, also known as Explore 2017, supports the District’s ongoing efforts to improve college and career readiness. The first aspiration outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan focuses on student achievement and educating the whole student by providing an enriched, high-quality experience that empowers graduates to be competitive members of the global society.