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Students Explore Link Between College & Career at ICR Future Fair

March 17, 2023

HIAWATHA, IOWA (March 17, 2023) — The ICR Future Career and College Fair is being held next Sunday, March 26, in Cedar Rapids and will showcase colleges, universities, and career resources – bridging the gap between career exploration and college/training selection, to help students make informed decisions that align career interests with education and training. The fair is free and open to the public.

A career and college fair is the ideal place to learn more about schools and programs students might consider too far away to visit, too expensive or exclusive, or otherwise unattainable. Presented by ICAN and ICR Future, and sponsored by Kirkwood Community College, Iowa Farm Bureau, and Iowa Building Trades, the fair runs from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center located at 7725 Kirkwood Blvd in Cedar Rapids.

What makes the ICR Future fair unique is the focus on creating a purposeful link between college and career. Eastern Iowa business and industry leaders will provide students with information on new and emerging career opportunities in Iowa, as well as the education and training needed to join certain career fields.

“Enabling students to talk with businesses about the careers they are interested in, to learn about the education or training required, and then to walk across the room and talk to colleges that offer that program or training is something we are really excited about this year. It’s a game changer for many students,” said Brittania Morey, event coordinator and vice-president, marketing and communications for ICAN.

Students of all ages and at all stages of the planning process are encouraged to attend and talk one-on-one with school and business representatives about making college and career choices.

“In today’s ever-changing job market it’s important for students to not only plan for education or training after high school, but to have a career path in mind when they are making those decisions, and to understand the expectations employers will have once they graduate,” stated Morey.

Breakout sessions will be offered throughout the fair to educate attendees on planning and preparing for college, career outlook in Iowa, as well as the financial aid process. Sessions will be held throughout the event and include a question-and-answer session enabling students and parents to learn about the overall process and receives specific advice and information for their situation.

Iowa schools will be joined by colleges from across the Midwest including Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. To see the complete list of exhibitors, visit ICANsucceed.org/icrfuture.

Students can also find suggestions for preparing for college fairs, making the most of their visits and what to do after a fair online. ICAN advises fairgoers to make a list of questions for schools and to register for a College Fair Barcode, a pre-fair service that lets students register for a personal barcode to be scanned by colleges in lieu of completing information cards. For more information about the ICR Future Career and College Fair, or to register for a barcode visit: ICANsucceed.org/icrfuture.

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About ICAN

ICAN is a nonprofit, educational organization. ICAN is the College Access Network for Iowa, and a member of the National College Access Network (NCAN). ICAN has locations in Ankeny, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, and Sioux City, which provide programming and advising support to students and their families as they plan for education and training after high school. All ICAN programs and services are provided without charge. For more information about ICAN, call (877) 272-4692 or visit www.ICANsucceed.org

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