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Students Explore Link Between College & Career at Golden Circle Fair

September 19, 2016

DES MOINES, IOWA (Sept. 19, 2016) — The Golden Circle College & Career Fair is being held next weekend in Des Moines and will showcase more than 130 colleges, universities and career resources, creating an opportunity for those planning for college or career training within the next couple of years to explore options. The fair is free and open to the public.

A college and career 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 the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) , ACT, Hy-Vee, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the fair runs from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Iowa Events Center in Hy-Vee Hall. Hy-Vee Hall is located at 730 3rd Street in downtown Des Moines.

New to the fair this year is a focus on creating a purposeful link between college and career. Central 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 director of communications for the Iowa College Access Network (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 college but to have a career path in mind when they are making college decisions, and to understand the expectations employers will have once they graduate,” stated Morey. “Our event sponsors, ACT, Hy-Vee and the Greater Des Moines Partnership, bring career expertise and data to a new level and present it in a way that’s easy for students and parents to understand and apply to their situation.”

Four breakout sessions will be offered throughout the fair to educate attendees on planning and preparing for college, employer expectations, interview skills, career outlook in Iowa, as well as the financial aid process. Sessions will be held every 30 minutes 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.

More than 130 Iowa and Midwestern schools are joined by colleges from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, among others. To see the complete list of exhibitors, visit

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 take preprinted address labels to stick on college information cards. An additional option is the College Fair Barcode, a pre-fair service that lets students register for and print out copies of a personal barcode to be scanned by colleges in lieu of completing information cards. For more information about the Golden Circle College and Career Fair, or to register for a barcode visit

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About ICAN
The Iowa College Access Network 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 9 locations in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Orange City, Sioux City and Waterloo, which provide information and support to students and their families as they plan their postsecondary education and apply for financial aid. All ICAN programs and services are provided without charge. For more information about ICAN, call (877) 272-4692 or visit

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