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Golden Circle College & Career Fair

Students of all ages are encouraged to visit 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 20, 2020

12:30-3 pm
The Meadows Conference Center - Altoona, IA (Des Moines) - directions

Find Your Future - Step by Step


Career Assessment

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

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. See what businesses are representing the 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.

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.

Breakout Sessions

Take the opportunity to listen to a free break-out session on topics like emerging industry, Iowa job growth, career planning, college selection, employer expectations, and the financial aid process. Sessions will be held throughout the event in Skinner B across from the main exhibit area. Check out our schedule of sessions.

Additional Information

College fair student scanning on phones

Students - Get Your BarcodeGolden Circle is automated, meaning exhibitors can scan your barcode to take down prospective student information. Students can register online and bring a barcode to the fair. Any college that piques their interest can scan the barcode directly from a smart phone or from a printed copy you brought to the fair. No more filling out information cards, one scan and the colleges will send you additional information on their institution. Register here.

Directions & Parking

Free parking is available in the conference center parking lot. Click here for directions.

Event Sponsors:

Iowa College Access Network Greater Des Moines Partnership  
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