High School students line the Oscoda gym in hopes of connecting with different colleges. Colleges and universities across the state came to career day on Thursday, April 18.

OSCODA – Students 7th through 12th grade gathered at Oscoda High School for career day on Thursday, April 18.

Local businesses, colleges, universities, military personnel and governmental agencies volunteered their time to speak with students about options after high school and college.

“I think it’s great to expose students as early on as possible,” said Alma College Assistant Director of Admissions Shelly Buschle.

Schools and businesses were encouraged to set up a table in the gym to talk with students or participate in a break out session.

“It’s important for students in rural communities to be exposed to art,” said Admissions Counselor of Kendall College of Art and Design Amy Vos Dillinger.

Dillinger said that her being at the school gives students exposure and opportunities to see what’s out there. Each student chose a variety of break out sessions to attend to learn more about careers that are possible for them. The break out sessions lasted 20 minutes and students were given the opportunity to ask questions.

Local businesses that set up a table in the gym included Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union, Real Estate One, Alcona Health Center, Phoenix Composite Solutions, Northland Area Credit Union and Stephenson and Co. among others.

A variety of businesses and schools also participated in break out sessions in addition to having a table in the gym while others only gave presentations.

Breakfast items and drinks were provided for guests by Oscoda Area Schools (OAS). In addition, career day participants were given an OAS water bottle filled with candy and a thank you card to thank the presenters and booth holders for their time.