A newly launched initiative, Exploring Potential Interests and Careers (EPIC), hosted an experiential learning event for high school students at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College on February 22, 2019.
The event provided students hands on, interactive experiences that simulated activities of a variety of careers. A “career cluster wheel” from the Minnesota Department of Education was used to determine the offering.
Approximately 2,300 students from 24 area schools attended. More than 100 employers showcased industry careers through demonstrations, games and hands on activities. Over 140 volunteers contributed their time and support to help make this event an EPIC success! Here more details about the event from GSDC Talent Director Gail Cruikshank in her interview with Jay Caldwell from WJON by clicking HERE.
The event organizers include St. Cloud Technical and Community College, St. Cloud State University, Rasmussen College, Partner for Student Success, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association, MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, Career Solutions and the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation.
Plans are underway to hold the event annually and expand the number of schools, students and businesses participating. In the meantime, support is being provided to schools in creating in-school EPIC events to enable more students and educators to explore careers and build partnerships with local employers.