DMACC Hosts Virtual Career Discovery Events in April

Posted 3/29/2021

Free events are open to 9th-12th graders, teachers and parents 

  • The College is offering Virtual Discover DMACC Pathways in Social Behavioral Sciences and Design, Humanities & Communications in April.

  • “Ask a Professional" Events will Focus on what Respiratory Therapists; Construction Operations and Project Managers; Behavior Analysts; Construction Superintendents and Field Staff; Social Workers; and Business & Marketing Professionals within the Construction Industry do in their careers.

  • ​DMACC will also Offer “Business Spotlights" with ChildServe, Balance Autism and Gretchen Bohling Designs.

DMACC is offering nine Virtual Career Discovery Events in April to provide a taste of various career pathways before entering college.

The free events are offered virtually for ninth through 12th grade students, their parents and teachers.

"It is important that we continue to offer young people experiences that allow them to explore potential future careers and areas of interest," said Amy Steenhoek, DMACC Career Discovery Network Coordinator. “Since many face-to-face opportunities are still on hold, I'm hopeful students will take advantage of our virtual Career Discovery Events, and enjoy hearing about the many opportunities and great careers that exist right here in Central Iowa."

The upcoming events include:

  • April 1, 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Business Spotlight: ChildServe
    Would you like a career in healthcare? Join representatives from ChildServe as they discuss working with children and young adults who have a variety of medical needs. They will also cover job opportunities and the outlook for these specific careers in healthcare. To register for this event, click here.

  • April 1, 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., Ask a Professional: Respiratory Therapist
    In this "Ask a Professional" session, hear from Chris Leferink, a Respiratory Therapist Supervisor at ChildServe. Leferink will share his education, background, and the rewards and challenges of a career in healthcare! This session will include advice for young people exploring this career in a Q&A style session. To register for this event, click here.

  • April 5, 1 p.m. to 2:35 p.m., Virtual Discover DMACC Pathways: Social Behavioral Sciences and Human Services 
    Would you like to work with people one-on-one? Do you enjoy helping people of any age? Are you interested in becoming a counselor or social worker? Join us to learn about the Social Behavioral Sciences and Human Services Career Pathway at DMACC. Through a Zoom video call, students will have the opportunity to attend program sessions, interact with enrollment advisors and other staff, and learn about the DMACC experience. Programs included will be Psychology, Sociology and Human Services. To register for this event, click here.

  • April 9, 10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m., Ask a Professional: Construction Operations and Project Managers
    Hear from professionals in the construction industry who focus on construction operations and management. Each professional will share their education, background, job responsibilities and requirements. To register for this event, click here.

  • April 9, 1 p.m. to 2:35 p.m., Virtual Discover DMACC Pathways: Design, Humanities and Communications
    Do people describe you as creative or imaginative? Do you enjoy cooking or baking or have an interest in videos, music and design? Is writing and storytelling something you enjoy? Join us for a Virtual Discover DMACC Pathways: Arts, Design & Communications Day. You will have the opportunity to attend program sessions, interact with enrollment advisors and other staff, and learn about the DMACC experience. Programs will include Architectural Technologies, Acting, Animation, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, Photography and Video Production. To register for this event, click here.

  • April 15, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Business Spotlight: Balance Autism
    Passionate about helping others? Get to know Balance Autism by attending this Virtual Business Spotlight. Leaders from both the Children's Services and Adult Services departments at Balance Autism will discuss what they do, how they do it, and ways you can join in on the fun and make a difference. To register for the event, click here.

  • April 15, 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ask a Professional: Behavior Analyst
    Join this "Ask a Professional" session and hear from Jessica Crawford and Tammy Howard with the organization Balance Autism. Crawford is a Licensed Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and serves as Balance Autism's Adult Services Program Director. Howard is Balance Autism's Children's Services Program Manager in the Altoona Children's Clinic. She trains, mentors, coaches and supervises direct support professionals to provide superior ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) services to all clients. Crawford and Howard's focus is disseminating the use of behavior analysis to teach individuals with autism new skills and greater independence in their daily lives. To register for this event, click here.

  • April 16, 10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m., Ask a Professional: Construction Superintendents and Field Staff
    Hear from various field/trades positions in the construction industry, which includes superintendents and field staff. Each will share their background, job responsibilities and requirements. To register for this event, click here.

  • April 16, 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ask a Professional: Social Worker
    Join us for this "Ask a Professional" Session and hear from Rose Klingbeil, a local high school social worker. She will share her background and education, and the rewards and challenges of a career in social work. This session will include advice for young people exploring this career in a Q&A style session. To register for this event, click here.

  • April 22, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Business Spotlight and Live Virtual Tour: Gretchen Bohling Designs-Fashion Designer
    Learn more about becoming a fashion designer! You will get to know Fashion Designer, Gretchen Bohling, and learn more about her fashion brand that promotes ethical and sustainable designs. This Business Spotlight will also include a live virtual tour of Gretchen Bohling's Design Studio. To register for this event, click here.

  • April 23, 10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m., Ask a Professional: Business & Marketing Professionals within the Construction Industry
    Hear from professionals in the business and marketing sector of the construction industry, which includes Accounting, Business Analysts, Business Development and Marketing. Each will share their education, background, job responsibilities and requirements. To register for this event, click here.

Steenhoek said during any of the 90-minute long Discover DMACC Pathway Days, students will learn about the Career Pathway, attend a DMACC information session and hear about the DMACC experience while also interacting with instructors during program presentations.

She said the Ask a Professional events are brief, 25-minute long sessions where students get to know a professional in a specific career field. Students will hear about each professional's story, how they got to where they are today and the day-to-day of their career. Steenhoek said the professionals will also include advice for young people interested in the specific career during a Q&A style session.

For the entire list of Spring 2021 Career Discovery Events and to register, go to dmacc.edu/careerdiscovery

For more information on any of the DMACC Career Discovery Events, contact Amy Steenhoek at absteenhoek@dmacc.edu.​

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