SWI high school students check out options at Sophomore Career Forum

By: Tim Johnson

Almost 350 high school sophomores from eight southwest Iowa school districts attended a career fair Thursday at Iowa Western Community College. The event was organized by college admissions and the Intermediary Network program.

School districts included Audubon, Fremont-Mills, Logan-Magnolia, Riverside, Treynor, Tri-Center, Underwood and Whiting.

Students could choose three sessions from 17 different fields, with each lasting about 20 minutes. Most were held in Stuart or Dodge Hall, and one was held in Fremont Hall.

Nyssa Greer, director of admissions at Iowa Western, and Natalie Harris, Intermediary Network director, spearheaded the event and spoke to students during an opening presentation and closing remarks.

Fields included health, agriculture, arts, trucking, culinary arts, dental health, education and training, information technology, law enforcement/public safety, manufacturing, math/science, human services, trades and transportation.

Chris Blake, director of Trivium Life Services’ Center of Excellence, talked about human services. Trivium works to empower people with intellectual disabilities, chronic mental illness or brain damage, she said.

“We want people to be able to live their best life in their home,” she said.

Trivium offers long-term support (not caregiving), behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, domestic violence counseling and an employee assistance program, Blake said.

Positions include residential coach, employment services coach, LINKS coach (day habilitation program), administrative assistant, payee specialist, finance specialist, service authorization specialist, storyteller and acquisition and engagement specialist. The first three are good entry-level jobs, she said, and start at $15.50 per hour plus benefits. Trivium is currently offering a $2,000 hiring bonus.

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