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WITC-Ashland hosts 300 high school students for Career Day

Students who participated in WITC-Ashland’s 10th annual Career Day got to practice hands-on skills such as listening to breath sounds on SIM man, a manikin that simulates a human patient.

(11/6/13): More than 300 students visited Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Ashland Campus for its 10th annual Career Day. Teens from 10 regional high schools had the chance to explore WITC’s career programs through hands-on activities.

For Ashland High School student J.T. Wilcox, it was an opportunity to check out programs he hadn’t previously considered. “It was great,” Wilcox said of the information technology and telecommunication technician programs. “I didn’t really know much about them, but they’re both really interesting because they deal with the Internet. I learned that there’s a high demand for both jobs and they seem really fun.”

J. T.’s mother Sheila agreed it was a beneficial day for her son. “The Career Day gives kids a taste of what the real job will be. The hands-on experience can open doors for them,” she said.

Students from Ashland, Bayfield, Butternut, Chequamegon, Drummond, Hurley, Luther L. Wright (Ironwood, Mich.), Mellen, Mercer and Washburn chose from 15 different career programs offered at WITC. Through hands-on exercises, they learned more about the program and career options. Those interested in healthcare careers were invited back for the November 13 Health Career Night at WITC-Ashland.

Individuals who missed WITC-Ashland's Career Day may still check out the programs at WITC by scheduling an individual tour or program shadow. For more information, call 715.682.4591, ext. 3195.