Around 800 eighth-graders from middle schools across Southeast Iowa converged at Indian Hills Community College for the annual 8th Grade Career Day. The event Friday brought students from Cardinal, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont, Fairfield, Harmony, MSAE, Ottumwa, Pekin, Tri-County, Van Buren and Wayne.
The students were able to choose three sessions and hear from professionals in careers like bio science, law enforcement, construction, accounting, performing arts and, of course, broadcast journalism. The KTVO cameras were on hand to let the students take over and interview each other, putting their broadcast skills to the test.
At the end of the day, Indian Hills hopes the students leave with a better idea of what career is right for them.
"They're going into high school and they'll start making more course selections and having more conversations with parents and guidance counselors and teachers about what they're going to do after high school, so we thought it was the appropriate time to start having some of these conversations," said Tom Rubel, Executive Dean of Regional Economic Advancement.
Indian Hills will host a second group of students from other schools in their 10 county area on November 8th.