Youths meet 50 exhibitors at Wabash College and Career Fair

A representative from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne meets with local students during the recent WHS College and Career fair. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Wabash County and area youths met nearly 50 post-high school career exhibitors at the fourth annual Wabash High School College and Career Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

This year’s turnout, simply put, was “great,” according to Kyle Wieland, WHS principal.

“Each year, we have a lot of returning colleges, universities, our trade unions and also our community employers that come out,” Wieland told The Paper of Wabash County, “but each year we add a few more that either hear about it word of mouth or weren’t able to come in the past so they show up.

“It’s always interesting to see the nice variety that we get because it’s not just a college fair. It’s a college and career fair so by having the military branches represented, the trade unions and also our Heartland Career Center, it’s trying to reach all students and help them figure out what that pathway after high school looks like.”

The fair fulfills Wabash City School’s district-wide “three E” goals, which are to increase post-secondary enrollment, employment at a living wage and enlistment in military service.

“When you’re talking enlistment, earning a living wage and enrollment, this is trying to cover all three of those pretty equally,” Wieland said.

All Wabash County and area high schools were invited to attend Wednesday’s event.

“I really think there’s so much our students don’t know that they want to know,” Wieland said. “Just being able to expose them to all of these different groups at one time, give these students an opportunity to ask questions that they might have (is important), because they really are wondering, ‘What am I going to do after high school?’

“I think this is a great opportunity to help answer their questions and also create some more interest for them. … I think it opens up a lot more opportunities for students that they wouldn’t even know about.”

Posted on 2017 Nov 14