More than 200 high school students attend 10th annual YCDC career day

YCDC Career Day

YORK – More than 200 high school students attended the 10th annual regional career day sponsored by the York County Development Corporation (YCDC) on Thursday.

The event, held at the Holthus Convention Center, included break-out sessions featuring local panelists from a wide range of careers and fields of industry. They spoke about how they got into their prospective roles, what exactly they do, their educations and past training, the pros/cons and outlooks of their respective careers, how students can start building their resumes now, how students can start preparing for their futures, etc.

In the field of education, panelists were Cheryl Couch, Carly Arduser and Brian Grahleer.

In the field of entrepreneurship, the panelists were Tyler Hinton, Carlee Carter and Valerie Nunnenkamp.

In the field of health sciences, the panelists were Brenda Jannelle, Kristi Kohl and Bethany Childers.

In the field of skilled and technical services, the panelists were James Paul, Rod Woods and Luke Gruber.

In the area of business, marketing and management, the panelists were Mandy Hengelfelt, Scott Schmid and Anthony Jacobson.

In the area of communications and information systems, the panelists were Eric Eckert and Chris Ericson.

In the field of human services and government, the panelists were Tristan Perry, Sue Crawford and Heather Hultgrien.

Speaking for the area of manufacturing were Doug Rood, Jason Lorenzen and Jordan Crawford.

And in the area of agriculture, natural resources and food, the panelists were Chrystal Houston, Ryan Lueck and Brian Kurt.

“We invite community business leaders from each cluster to participate on a facilitated panel,” said Emily Perry, development coordinator for the YCDC. “The goal of this event is to help high school students connect with professionals and explore new career paths, as well share the endless opportunity York County can provide.”

Included during the day was a job fair, where local employers were able to set up booths, talk to students about current opportunities as well as those into the future.

The keynote speaker for the event was April McDaniel, who addressed the crowd right away in the morning in the main ballroom.

Schools with students in attendance were Heartland, Shickley, McCool Junction, Hampton, Friend, Exeter-Milligan, York and Dorchester.

“This annual regional career day has become an inspiring platform where young professionals are able to connect, learn and explore a diverse selection of career opportunities,” says YCDC Director Lisa Hurley. “This event enriches not only the lives of those directly involved but also the prosperity of our entire community,” while noting this very important and popular event hit the milestone of being held each March for a decade.

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