Hawkeye Community College and Target to Host 2,000 Students for STEM Career Fair

September 19, 2012
CONTACT:  Kathy Flynn 319-296-4218


Eighth grades students from all over the Cedar Valley are invited to attend this two-day event with their school districts to learn about the top careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. 


WATERLOO—On Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, nearly 2,000 local eighth grade students will arrive on the Hawkeye Community College campus to learn about in-demand careers in the Cedar Valley.  Target, a sponsor of the event for the past four years, will also be providing hundreds of volunteer hours working with the students, teachers, and businesses at the event.  This career fair is set to take place in Grundy Hall on the Hawkeye Community College campus, located at 1501 East Orange Road.

More than twenty presentations will be held as part of this event.  Students will get the opportunity to sample virtual reality technology, hear about a “day in the life” of area professionals, and learn what skills are needed to get hired in today’s high-tech economy.  Students have the opportunity to choose their sessions from a list of opportunities and customize their experience on campus.  Area educators love the fair, because it provides additional information to help students write their “I Have a Plan” career plan, a requirement of all eighth graders in Iowa preparing for high school.

Industries represented at the event include engineering, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and product development.  School districts who will take part in the event include Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar Valley Catholic schools, and a number of school districts from across Eastern Iowa.

Hawkeye Community College faculty and staff are playing a big part in the event, featuring their most popular programs, providing logistical support, and assisting the presenters in helping to design their activities.  The career fair will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the festivities will be complete by 3:00 p.m. each day.

If more information is needed, please contact Jill Dobson at Hawkeye Community College:   jill.dobson@hawkeyecollege.edu or by phone: 319-240-5494.


Note:  Hawkeye Community College’s main campus is located near the southeast edge of Waterloo, Iowa. There are currently more than 5,900 students attending classes.