Area students get hands-on learning at HCC Careers to Consider Day

It was hands-on learning Tuesday, December 17 at Highland Community College for students from Lena-Winslow and Pecatonica High Schools.

The more than 30 participants attended four separate 70-minute sessions to explore careers in automotive, cosmetology, electronics, nursing, physical science and wind technology. The freshman and sophomores, were tapped for this day early in their high school career to think beyond and be able to see what Highland has to offer.

Scott Anderson, dean of Business and Technology at Highland said, “This day gives these young people some in-depth, hands-on experience directly related to some core career pathways.”

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Physics instructor Alan O'Keefe with high school students

Of the four sessions attended by the students, Anderson chose two of the sessions to ensure that each participant had an experience in some non-traditional careers, such as women in automotive and men in cosmetology.

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Jim Palmer instructs a Lena-Winslow student

Jim Palmer, Automotive and Technology Instructor helped show Lena-Winslow student Hewitt Dameier how to check fluids under the hood of a car. Palmer said, “What I showed the students is that the automotive industry is not going to go away, and with today’s cars, many students haven’t had a hands-on experience yet, but what we showed them today was from the ground up, and they start out with the real deal.”

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