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Golden Circle College & Career Fair

We had a great event in 2021 and we look forward to seeing more students and parents in 2022.


Students of all ages are encouraged to participate in the annual Golden Circle College and Career Fair. Whether you're a freshmen or sophomore just starting to explore career options, or a junior or senior narrowing your list of college choices, Golden Circle College & Career Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to gather knowledge, make connections, and begin to make informed decisions about your future.

Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 12:20 -3 p.m. - Prairie Meadows Conference & Event Center - Altoona

The 2021 event will be held in-person. We will follow social distancing guidelines and exhibitors will be spaced further apart. We will also monitor and direct traffic flow to reduce congestion in the exhibitor areas.


The pre-registration period has closed. Pre-registration is not required, but allowed attendees to select their arrival and entry time for the fair.
Walk-ins are welcome but will be admitted at the next available entry time.


Find Your Future - Step by Step

Career Assessment

Students are encouraged to have their career assessment results from school or spend 15 minutes in our Career Assessment Center to discover which career pathways fit their futures.

Take the Future Ready Iowa Career Assessment

Career Exploration

Area business and industry leaders will be grouped according to Career Clusters so students can follow their assessment results to the pathways that align with their interests, values, and skills. Talk with employers about growing career opportunities, industry expectations for skills and education or training, and learn the ins and outs of potential future careers. Learn about Career Clusters

Education and Training 

There are many options after high school and you can explore them all in one place. Once you know your pathways and the requirements of your future career, find an education or training program that helps you earn the credentials and skills to be successful.

  • Colleges and Universities
    Visit with a diverse and wide-ranging list of colleges and universities from across the US. More than 70 colleges and universities are expected to attend. Check out who's registered to exhibit and make plans to chat with them about potential programs and majors.

  • Apprenticeships/Building Trades
    For students looking for a more hands-on post-high school training experience we will have members of the Building Trades Registered Apprenticeship Programs on hand to discuss their programs and the career outlook for their professions. Check out the programs planning to attend.

  • Military Options
    Each branch of the military offers unique programs and career opportunities for students. Each branch has been invited to attend the fair and share their outlook with students. Check out the branches planning to attend.

Student Support

Visit our student support organizations for expert advice on preparing to transition after high school. From financing college, to academic prep, these organizations are here to help students succeed. See who's planning to attend.

Breakout Sessions

Three breakout sessions will be held during the event - a panel discussion with young professionals, a session on scholarship, and a session on the financial aid process. Learn more about these sessions.

Event Sponsors:

Iowa College Access Network Greater Des Moines Partnership
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