Chippewa Falls Middle School students explored different career opportunities during their school day on Friday.
From marketing careers, to jobs in education, seventh graders learned about 16 different career "clusters" and the skills needed to be successful young professionals.
Wisconsin students, grades 6 through 12 are now required to take academic and career education course. Career expos like the one hosted by Junior Achievement on Friday, help students get on the right track to find out different career interests.
"It helps kids find a career path. Of course, we don't ever want to lock our kids into a specific career cluster, but it helps kids get an idea of what it is they want to do and what courses might interest them. It allows them to take advantage of some of the other opportunities that we make available to our students such as our schools-to-skills tours, job shadows and the youth apprenticeship program," Career and Technology Education Coordinator for Chippewa Falls School District, Laura Bushendorf told News 18.
Bushendorf said the local businesses that participate in the career expo every year show students what type of job opportunities are available close to home in the Chippewa Valley.