A student wears virtual reality goggles

Students interacted with more than 100 organizations across a multitude of industry pathways at a Career Fair on April 6 at Spring Lake Park High School.

Dreary weather didn’t dampen the energy in the room that included something for every interest. Business management and administration; human services; agriculture, food and natural resources; arts, communication and technology; engineering and manufacturing technology; health sciences technology, colleges and the military were all represented.

Students had a chance to have conversations with representatives about future career paths and many interacted with fun, hands-on experiences related to the various career fields. Students picked up hammers to contribute to building framing. They donned virtual reality goggles to “paint” a wall. They engaged in quizzes and petted therapy dogs.

“These are important experiences for students to get a glimpse at different career options, meet people working in these fields and ask a lot of questions,” says Eric Van Brocklin, the high school’s Pathways to Career and College Readiness lead. “The response from our community was incredible. A huge thanks to our organizing partner, Metro North Chamber of Commerce, and their wonderful support of this event, and to all who contributed to its success.”

Sponsors and supporters

The fair was supported by many, including these sponsors and contributors:

  • 3M Open Golf Tournament
  • Peterson Companies
  • Alexandria Technical & Community College
  • Sure Cast Foundry
  • Dunwoody College of Technology
  • The Home Depot
  • IDC Group
  • Urban Air Adventure Park
  • Crisp and Green Restaurant
  • Steven Scott Management
  • Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
  • Old National Bank
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Anoka Technical College
  • Caterpillar Paving
  • Design Ready Controls
  • Carpentry Contractors Company-US LBM
  • NTM, inc.
  • U of MN-College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
  • Peterson Companies
  • U.S. Army
  • IDC Automatic, Garage Door
  • Olympic Companies
  • Norhart Construction

See a full list of participating organizations and reach out to Eric Van Brocklin if you are a community member who wants to get connected to our career pathways programming. Spring Lake Park High School is committed to providing these experiences to promote post-secondary considerations with our students in collaboration with our community and industry partners.

“Thank you to the representatives, staff and students for making this event a success!” says Eric.

Check out photos from the Career Fair

SLPHS Career Fair 2022