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BUSINESS & EDUCATION - Career Exploration Day

Career Exploration Day kicked off bright and early at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19 at the National Guard Armory. Hosted by the Business & Education Committee and the Nebraska National Guard, the event was a huge success.

Around 450 high school students attended, travelling from twenty high schools that range across the mid-western portion of the state. Local Kearney students made up a little over 15 percent of attendees, with other students travelling from surrounding towns, and as far away as Verdigre in northeastern Nebraska. Twenty-seven prominent local businesses participated in the event, taking time out of their day to host table demonstrations and present individual Q&A panels. All proceeds from registration went to the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce’s Student Leader Scholarship Fund.

Career Exploration Day is an annual event. At Career Exploration Day, students visit with employers to learn about and 'experience' various careers. Students have the opportunity to visit with representatives from universities, state colleges, and community colleges, to inquire about costs and types of programs available to train for the careers they have explored.

The goal of Career Exploration Day is to introduce students to a variety of careers by allowing them to participate in hands-on activities, such as exploring vehicles, using tools, operating computers and interviewing workers. Attending students can explore a wide range of careers such as construction, health and human services, legal, educational, retail, manufacturing, sales and more.

For more information on Career Exploration Day, click on the link here, or contact Shanna Schulte by calling the Chamber at 308-237-3101 or by emailing

The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce is proud of the contributions of the local community! Thank you again to the following businesses:

Thank you to the following schools!

Burwell Jr Sr High School, Overton Public School, Verdigre Public School, Kearney High School, Central Valley High School, Cross County High School, Loomis Public School, Amherst Public School, Pleasanton High School, Spalding Academy, Blue Hill, Sutton Public Schools, Elba Public School, Kearney Catholic High School, Ravenna High School, Elm Creek Public School, Laurel Mae School of Excellence, Kearney High School, Kearney High School

And thank you to the panel presenters:

Alyshia Samuelson of SCORR Marketing, Shawna Erbsen of City of Kearney, Randa May of USDA/Farm Service Agency, Adam Torpin of Oxide Design Co, Mike Bursaw of West Pharmaceutical Svc, Teresa Dethlefs of CHI Good Samaritan Hospital, Tyler Clay of Xpanxion LLC, Stacy Eickman of League of Human Dignity, Lisa Brass of Trius FCU, Kelly Christensen of Central Community College, Waylen Woods of Woods Aviation, Mark Reid of NRG Media, Jarrett Zook of Eaton, Lindsey Howell of GSK, Bryan Kuntz of Intellicom Computer Consulting Inc., Jack Morgan of Dismas Charities

Finally, thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who helped make this event a success!

Angie Fransk, Stan Zimbelman, Susan Tonniges, Renae Zimmer, Elizabeth Roetman, Cassy Kvasnicka. Also, thank you for the help of Neva Klemme of Kearney Visitors Bureau!

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