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Students Examine Growing Career Options

December 2017

Adam Jelenic of LMV Automotive Systems (right) spoke with Christian Delrio (left) and Mirrac Roeum of Maple Park Middle School during the recent Career Fair at the Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology Campus.
Over 1,400 eighth graders from five North Kansas City middle schools and 200 high school students streamed through the fourth annual District Career and Education Fair Friday at the Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology Campus.

Traveling from Eastgate, Antioch, Maple Park, Northgate and New Mark middle schools, the students learned first hand about the latest trends in robotics, flight simulators and more. In areas from modern public safety to advanced manufacturing, they also saw how they might pursue rewarding careers in these growing fields.

Supported by the Clay County Economic Development Council and the Northland Education and Business Alliance, the event is part of efforts to expand the knowledge of students and parents about job opportunities. The event host, the Metropolitan Community College Business Technology Campus provided critical logistics support.

Key to the effort was more than 100 businesses, colleges and career programs that manned booths. Often surrounded by rows of students, the representatives answered student questions and provided information on their work. London Clark from the Northland Career Center in Platte City gave one of the best explanations.

“We used to talk about assembly line jobs,” he said. “But a lot of those have been replaced by robotics. So now we’re learning how to fix the robots.”

In this region, nearly 2,000 companies are expected to offer more than 80,000 manufacturing and related jobs by the year 2022. The average annual salary in these fields is currently more than $70,000.

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