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MHS students learn about local careers in exploration program


Marshalltown High School students meet with Judge John Haney and other Marshall County Courthouse staff on April 6 during the career exploration program for sophomores.

A career exploration program the week of April 3-7 saw Marshalltown High School sophomores fan out into the community to learn about local careers.

Led by a local committee of the Marshalltown Business Education Alliance known as the Student Partnership Program, students were able to learn more about a wide range of careers from community members.

“It has been extremely beneficial and has given the kids an opportunity to see these careers in their element,” said MHS counselor Valerie Corson. “It has sparked a lot of interest in careers.”

Program leaders would like to thank local businesses and organizations for their time.

“We are so appreciative of them taking the time to let the students visit,” Corson said.

Corson hopes to make this program an annual event for MHS sophomores moving forward.


Locations and job sites visited during the week included:
St. Francis Catholic School
Bobcat Academy
Emerson (locations on Governor Road and downtown)
Central Iowa Healthcare
Ricken Tiling
Long Enterprises
Ethington Heating & Cooling
Clemons Inc.
Fisher Community Center
Marshalltown Community College Dental Program
Orpheum Theater
Marshall County Courthouse
Marshalltown Police Department
Blood Farms
Iowa School of Beauty
Marshalltown Aviation



Emma Wright, right, and Peter Limas talk to students about careers at Central Iowa Healthcare.


Students met with representatives from Ricken Tiling, Long Enterprises and Ethington Heating and Cooling on a construction site.

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Students visited Emerson’s downtown office.


Students visit Blood Dairy Farm near State Center.


Officer Rod Whitmore gave students a tour of the police station.


Lisa Gassman gives a tour of the Marshall County Courthouse.

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The group gathers inside Emerson.


Officer Rod Whitmore shows students the processing room.