Career Workshop delivers local connections to high school students ...

The Allamakee Community School District hosted the annual Career Workshop Friday, February 7 at Waukon High School. The Career Workshop is the brainstorm of Waukon High School Guidance Counselor Amy Wasson, Northeast Iowa Community College-Waukon Center Director Erica Nosbisch and Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism Director Val Reinke. Invitations are extended to juniors and senior students at Waukon, Kee, Postville and MFL/MarMac High Schools to attend the event. The goal of this event is to introduce high school juniors and seniors to area businesses, career opportunities and the stories of local people involved in various careers. Approximately 200 students chose two career tracks each to attend based on career interests at this year’s workshop. This year’s event included the following guest speakers and their career tracks (pictured above, left to right):

Green Valley Getaway owner Ben Sweeney - Business/Finance/Marketing/Management; Iowa Department of Resources (DNR) Park Ranger Rylan Retallick and Waukon Feed Ranch Human Resources Manager Michelle Wood - Ag/Food/Natural Resources; Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) Executive Director Trisha Wilkins - Education/Human Services; Bodensteiner Implement Waukon Manager Kyle Halverson - STEM/Manufacturing/Construction; Edward Jones Financial Advisor Mike Alexander - Business/Finance/Marketing/Management; Allamakee Community School District Technology Director Shawn Gordon and JaDecc’s/US Cellular owner Corey Shelton - Information Technology; Veterans Memorial Hospital Physician Dr. Dave Schwartz, MD and Gundersen Health System Nurse Practitioner Erica Krause Wagner - Health Sciences; Trinity Fabricators General Manager Tyler Verdon - STEM/Manufacturing/Construction; Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA) Administrator Pat Heiderscheit - Education/Human Services.

The Career Workshop Committee will start planning for the 2020 Career Workshop in November 2020. Anyone who has questions about the Career Workshop is invited to reach out to Amy Wasson at, Erica Nosbisch at or Val Reinke at Submitted photo.

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