On Friday, February 22, 2019, more than 2,500 students from over 20 schools will gather on the campus of St. Cloud Technical & Community College in St. Cloud, MN, to participate in EPIC (Exploring Potential Interests & Careers), the first ever large-scale career exploration event in Central Minnesota.
This event is designed to effectively bridge the gap between education and industry for high school students in Central Minnesota, contributing to the fulfillment of the economic and workforce needs of the area. The unique format of the event allows students to participate in hands-on, interactive experiences that simulate the activities of a variety of careers. Students will also learn the educational requirements and potential job market forecast of each career.
Six career clusters will be showcased, including: Human Services; Health, Science & Technology; Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology; Arts, Communications & Information Systems; Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; and Business, Management & Administration.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a pre-event survey, designed to help them discover the top career clusters best suited to their interests and personalities. After the event, students can participate in a reflection activity constructed to immediately implement their experience and begin the creative brainstorming process about potential careers.