Eighth-graders to tour campus for Career and Technical Education Month

February 24, 2015

More than 30 Rolling Meadows eighth-graders will get an in-depth look at college life – including tips from students and tours of facilities – as part of a Harper College initiative aimed at turning on local elementary and middle-school children to the prospect of higher education.

The upcoming campus visit by Carl Sandburg Junior High in District 15 will tie in to National Career and Technical Education Month, which aims to raise awareness of the crucial role related programs have in readying our nation for economic success and workforce competitiveness.

The eighth-graders will arrive at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, to chat with Harper students and take a peek at the College's brand new manufacturing, welding and HVAC facilities, as well as the fashion department. They'll be accompanied by Mary Beth Ottinger, Dean of Career and Technical Programs.

"These tours help expose students to a college campus and inspire them to pursue higher education," Ottinger said. "This group in particular will see the wide range of promising careers that Career and Technical Education fields offer."

Harper annually hosts hundreds of local students, many of whom could become the first in their family to attend college, as part of a broader community partnership and college readiness effort. The goal is to get young students considering college regardless of socioeconomic status or other potentially challenging factors.

According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, middle-skill jobs requiring postsecondary education but less than a bachelor degree are a significant part of the economy. Of the 46.8 million job openings created by 2018, 30 percent will require some college or an associate degree.

Media note: The Carl Sandburg students will be on campus from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27. Contact Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159.