CAL, H-D seventh graders tour local businesses for career possibilities

CAL and H-D seventh graders on Friday learned how the county received its power during a tour through Franklin County REC. The students also toured Global Fabrication. The tours were part of an effort between Mission Possible and North Iowa Area Community College’s Career Connections program to expose students in kindergarten through high school to job related learning. GREG FORBES/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

CAL and Hampton-Dumont seventh graders, last Friday, went behind the scenes of two Hampton industries to get a first-hand look at career possibilities.

Through the joint effort of Mission Possible and the North Iowa Area Community College Career Connections program, students toured Global Fabrication and Franklin County REC.

Kim Booth, Mission Possible Coordinator, said the tours were one of three career days for seventh graders throughout the year. She said typically, Mission Possible brings professionals to the classroom to talk with students. The tours, she said, were a way to put students in the shoes of those professionals and see the careers in real-time.

"Our hope is to expose the kids to opportunities in our community as careers," she said. "We were trying to spark interest, expand their horizons and see what's out there."

Booth added that the tours are just one of many efforts of Mission Possible, a grant-funded project that helps students prepare for life after high school.

Read the full story in the February 28 edition.