Lakeville North High School students looked to the future for Opportunities Day on Wednesday, December 4. Every student at the school participated in activities designed to help them think about their future careers.
Seniors were out of the school building and in the real world for job shadows. 459 seniors are doing a job shadow, which is a requirement to graduate. Students were able to choose a company to shadow for the day to get real-world experience leading to a variety of pathways.
Juniors were also out of the school building to visit businesses around the Lakeville area. 430 juniors attended tours to 17 different sites including law enforcement, animal care, music industry, and technology companies. There were five new tours added to this year’s Opportunities Day at Eastview Elementary, Rocco Altobelli, LaMettry’s Collision, Dakota County Judicial Center, and St. Francis Regional Medical Center.
Sophomores started the day by listening to professionals from six career fields. This was the first year sophomores were able to choose the career field they wanted to learn about. The Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce helped gather 54 professionals representing more than 25 careers. They talked to students about what they do, skills needed for their jobs, challenges and rewards of their jobs and more. This group of students was also able to choose three afternoon sessions to attend based on their needs, interests and future plans. The session topics to choose from included applying to and attending four and two-year colleges, education while serving in the military, apprenticeships, trades, managing finances, employable skills, paying for post-secondary school, college choice selection, ACT preparation, resume building, interviewing, and finding a healthy balance to handle stress.
Freshmen participated in an electives fair to learn about the many elective courses offered at Lakeville North. Many of these opportunities involved hands-on activities in arts, graphic design and more. This allowed these students to start thinking about what kind of electives they may want to sign up for as they progress through high school.
Lakeville South High School will hold a similar Opportunities Day on January 21.