Local high school students will unite on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 at Rend Lake College for the annual Career Days event. Every year, Career Days gives local students a glimpse into college life and encourages them to think about their post-secondary education.All junior and senior students from in-district high schools will arrive on campus at 9 a.m. for a “Welcome and Introduction” assembly from RLC officials. The short presentation will help the students divide up into one of three groups to go on tours and gather information about their career fields of interest. The three groups are broken down as follows: agricultural education, technology, and engineering education in the first group; health sciences and technology in the second group; and family and consumer sciences, business, marketing, and computer education in the last group.
“Career Days provides a great opportunity for high school students to visit RLC’s programs and technical labs,” said Lori Ragland, Dean of Community and Corporate Education. “Students always enjoy spending the day on campus with their friends and participating in the different hands-on activities. They will explore several career clusters to assist with selecting their program of study.”Rend Lake College President Terry Wilkerson welcomed more than 400 area high school students to the Ina campus last year for Career Days. The students were introduced to a wide range of career and technical programs the college offers as they get closer to choosing a career path. Click on the image for a larger view.
Students will meet instructors and tour the programs offered by a variety of areas. Instructors and information will also be available for the RLC programs hosted at the MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon, such as cosmetology and nail technology. Programs that are a part of the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market in Herrin, such as veterinary tech, surgical tech, and occupational therapy assistant, will also have representatives present.
After program tours, the students, counselors, and instructors will be served lunch, courtesy of RLC. For more information, contact Kristina Shelton at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1267, or firstname.lastname@example.org.