RICEVILLE | High school students from North Iowa and southern Minnesota recently attended the first annual Career Expo in Riceville.
The goal of the March 21 event was "to connect students with real-life opportunities," and show them the steps they need to achieve their career goals, said Michelle Dohlman, K-12 guidance counselor at Riceville.
More than 20 businesses sent representatives to the expo, which was held in the Riceville High School gym. Nine colleges and universities were represented.
Students from the Riceville, Osage, St. Ansgar, LeRoy-Ostrander and Howard-Winneshiek school districts attended the expo.
St. Ansgar freshman Emma Soltau, who is considering a career in health care, said she learned a lot.
"I didn't realize there were so many colleges for medical assistants," she said.
Soltau also said attending the expo helped the students with their communications skills because they asked questions of the representatives from the businesses and colleges.
Carina Blake, another St. Ansgar freshman, said when it comes to educational and career opportunities, "there's more out there than you think."
Participating businesses were 10th Hole Bar & Grill, 1st Security Bank, A to Z Drying, Brumm Construction, Colonial Manor of Elma, Croell, Evans Memorial Home, Faith Home, Farmers Feed & Grain, Howard County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Works, Kibble Equipment, Klapperich Farm Systems, L.R. Falk, McNeillus Truck and Manufacturing, Mitchell County Conservation Board, Mitchell County Social Services, Mitchell County Regional Health Center, Omnitel Communications, Riceville Family Care and Therapy Center, Riverside Feeds, RR Donnelly, and Northern Country Co-op.
Participating colleges were Hawkeye Community College, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, North Iowa Area Community College, Northeast Iowa Community College, Riverland Community College, Rochester Community and Technical College, and Upper Iowa University.