The ICR Future Career and College Fair is debuting in Eastern Iowa using the same model as the Golden Circle College and Career Fair in Des Moines, and aims to be the second largest college fair in the state of Iowa, bringing the greatest variety of colleges and universities from across Iowa and the nation for your students to explore. In addition to variety in colleges and universities, ICAN is partnering with ICR Future and the Workplace Learning Connection to bring business representatives from the area to represent the six Career Clusters. These businesses will speak with students about career pathways, how to prepare for careers in their fields, required education and training, and employer expectations.
Who Should Attend?
With the focus on career planning at the forefront of this event, we are encouraging sophomores and juniors to attend. With that said, any and all of your high school students with interest should feel welcome. With the addition of the Career Clusters, there is something for every high school age. As a counselor, consider organizing a bus or van of interested students and parents.
- Colleges & Universities
Colleges and universities from around the country have been invited, bringing the greatest diversity and selection to Iowa students in one location.
- Building Trades & Apprenticeships
Students looking for a hands-on learning experience in a skilled trade will find apprenticeship program representatives ready to talk about job outlook in the skilled trades.
Each branch of the armed forces has been invited to exhibit at the fair.
- Career Clusters - Business & Industry Representatives
Each of the 6 career clusters covering 16 pathways will be represented by Iowa businesses, enabling students to discuss prospective career pathways with the leaders in those fields.
- Student Services Organizations
The fair will have a section of exhibitors that specialize in college planning, college financial aid planning, and career planning.
Several break-out sessions will be held throughout the event on a variety of topics including career exploration and training, college planning, job outlook, and more. These sessions are free during the fair. Learn about 2019 sessions.
Promote This Event
Iowa high schools East of I-35 will receive a promotional packet through either AEA or US mail containing posters for the event. Share event information on your school's bulletin board, social media outlets, and email lists.
- Email Announcement to Families (WORD)
- Newsletter Announcement (WORD)
- School Announcement (WORD)
- Web Announcement (WORD)
- Promotional Flyer (PDF)
Encourage Students to Register Via Smart Phone
The fair is automated, meaning exhibitors will have scanners to take down prospective student information. Students can register online and take their barcode to the fair. Exhibitors can scan a student's barcode directly from their smart phone or from a printed copy of the barcode. No more filling out information cards. Students should register here.