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Students hunt for careers at MPS iFair

Students at the MPS iFairWashington High School was filled with students today hunting for careers in Information Technology and Engineering when MPS hosted its fall iFair. About 500 students attended this annual event. Industry experts gave students inside information about computer science, IT repair, internships, and college and career access.

Washington High School students provided several highlights of the iFair:

· Students demonstrated new FabLab equipment, including laser engraving

· Designers of mobile apps explained the development process

· WHS students who have internships as game developers talked about their work

In addition, attendees learned about IT, computer science and engineering by attending workshops and visiting more than 30 booths.

“Career fairs are incredibly valuable for our students,” said Superintendent Darienne B. Driver. “They find out about careers that they didn’t even know existed. When they are excited about a career and their futures, they are much more likely to excel in school.”

Participants and sponsors included Aurora Health Care, Black Data Processing Associates, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, CDW, Concurrency, Inc., Direct Supply, Inc., Employ Milwaukee, Engineers Without Borders, FIRST Robotics, Froedtert Health, GPS Education Partners, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, MATC - Computer Simulation Gaming Program, MATC - IT Security Program, Microsoft, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD), MPS College and Career Access Centers, MPS Technology Department, MSOE STEM Exploration, My Life My Plan/Career Cruising/Inspire, National Fluid Power Association, Northwestern Mutual, Paragon Development Systems, Project Lead The Way, Society for Information

Management, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-SOIS, and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Expanding access to career exploration aligns with MPS’ Eight Big Ideas to promote student achievement through the Rethink High Schools objective, and works to place every student on a pathway to personal success.

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