[April 29, 2014]
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After the keynote at the
Workforce Readiness Expo, there were
four workshop sessions the students would take turns attending. The whole body of seniors were divided into groups, with each group
attending a session, then later switching out to attend another one
until everyone had been to all of them.
The two main panel discussions
were one on agricultural careers and a second entitled "Getting
Paid for Your Passion."
The agriculture panel included
Stephanie Deneke, DVM; Dave Irwin of State Bank of Lincoln; Dr. Penny Wittler, the
ag instructor at Lincoln High School; Dave Bishop of PrairiErth Farm; and Michael Schmidt of Central Illinois Ag.
The panelists fielded
pre-written questions from the students, including inquiries about
their workday schedules and their reasons for their career
In the second group, Jackie
Pavlik of the Lincoln Park District, John Guzzardo of Guzzardo's
restaurant and Seth Goodman of ME Realty were the panelists.
The three talked about how their passion or interest turned into a
successful career. Because of this, they do what they love.
Students threw out random questions to the panel, with each panelist
taking a turn commenting on the question.
Pictures by Nila Smith