IUP at Northpointe hosted Career Day for approximately 800 ninth graders over two weeks in mid-October 2011.
The last two Fridays at Northpointe have been bustling with excitement as students from Apollo Ridge, Armstrong, Freeport, and Leechburg schools participated. Students listened to presentations about careers in law, the gas and oil industry, small business ownership, allied health, graphic design, pharmacy, engineering, and architecture.
This event was coordinated by the Career Pathways subcommittee and the Steering Committee of the Armstrong County Forum for Workforce Excellence.
The Armstrong County Forum for Workforce Excellence aims to build strategies to improve and enhance workforce development through connections with educators and employers. One of their goals is to collaborate with school districts to raise student achievement levels by aligning education with career preparation. A career fair is a great way to make these connections between employers and educators and to provide students with a career exploration opportunity.
At left, Dr. Joyce Shanty, a professor of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at IUP talks to ninth graders about careers in allied health during career day hosted by IUP at Northpointe.