Interactive displays attract students at MADE Career Fair

By Chris Bucher - Freeman Staff

Oct. 16, 2016

A group of students listens as Peter Schwabe of Peter Schwabe, Inc. Construction demonstrates during the MADE Career Fair, sponsored by the Waukesha County Business Alliance on Friday at Waukesha County Technical College.
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PEWAUKEE — Almost 1,000 high school students from Waukesha County had the opportunity to learn about various companies in the manufacturing, automotive, design and engineering field at the MADE Career Fair at Waukesha County Technical College on Friday.

The event, which was organized by the Waukesha County Business Alliance, paired 30 companies from the county up with students primarily from high schools in Waukesha.

Waukesha North freshmen Jessica Lovas, left, and Axel Catalan, middle, watch a robotics demonstration by Waukesha County Technical College Automation Technician Andrew Hoerig during the MADE Career Fair, sponsored by the Waukesha County Business Alliance on Friday at Waukesha County Technical College.
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“The diversity of employers here, promoting all the different types of career opportunities in the areas that they’re in, it’s awesome for the students to be exposed to this,” said Michael Shiels, School of Applied Technologies dean at WCTC. “We’re just really excited about the partnership that we have with the Waukesha County Business Alliance and all the high schools that are here. It’s important to bring these students through while they’re still in high school and expose them to the different types of awesome career opportunities that are available to them.”

It’s the second year WCTC and the business alliance have hosted the career fair. Presentations from companies and their representatives helped peak the interest of students, Shiels said.

“All of the companies that are here have pretty interactive displays for the students to really promote what is being made in Waukesha,” Shiels said. “It really helps them to broaden their perspective about the different types of career opportunities in this area.”