The event was a
partnership between the school, Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Commerce, and local businesses and public service departments,
according to Bret Hitchings, LCHS vice principal, and chamber director Andi Hake.
Hitchings was stationed at the Lincoln Park District as freshmen
attended breakout sessions focusing on the search for a wide
range of careers and making educational and training choices to
prepare themselves for the workforce in an area they find
interesting or where they have an aptitude to perform.
They were also made
aware of the importance of first impressions, expressing themselves,
and considering the opinions and needs of those around them. Seniors
and freshmen attended sessions at the Lincoln Center on the Lincoln
College campus. Senior sessions focused on the steps necessary to
obtain a job of choice and function in their chosen field of work.
The particular day was a perfect time for seniors and freshmen to be
out of the school. Juniors were taking tests, and with half of the
students out of the building, it created a quiet atmosphere for
those left behind.
Participating businesses and departments were Integrity Data, Eaton
Corp., Blades Hair & Nail Salon, Frontier Communications,
Regions Bank, Inland Tool, Heartland Community College, Illinois workNet, Lincoln Fire
Department, Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln College,
Walmart, Global Tech and Coldwell Bankers Cornerstone.
and their topics were Sara Baker of Heartland Community College, "Finding the
Job," for seniors; Matthew Murray of Heartland, "You're on Your
Way," for freshmen; Amy Cribb of Eaton Corp., "Succeeding at the
Job," for seniors; Scot May and Ralph Dinges of Eaton, "Navigating Your
Path," for freshmen; and Joanne Bean of Walmart, "Getting the Job,"
for seniors, and "Finding Your Path," for freshmen.
The expo was a first-time event
that the school and the chamber
plan to expand and repeat next year. The sessions were designed to
offer freshmen ideas for shaping themselves and their path to a
career, while they have years to consider their options. The
guidelines for seniors were directed to students who are coming to a
crossroads in their education and need to consider additional
education or training to position themselves for the job or career
they want to have.