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MHS sophomores participate in career exploration program


Marshalltown High School sophomores meet with Jessie Buffington, right, who works at the front desk at the Best Western Regency Inn as part of a career exploration program.

Marshalltown High School sophomores learned about local careers, businesses, agencies and government the week of October 16-20 as part of the annual career exploration program.

This initiative is led by a local committee of the Marshalltown Business Education Alliance known as the Student Partnership Program.

Students learned about a variety of careers including salary ranges, hours, what education or training is needed for each position and more.

One group visited TIG Distributing at its new location on Rex Ryden Drive to learn about shipping and logistics. TIG is a supplier for John Deere, especially to John Deere dealerships. The tour was led by Joe and Lisa Tharpe at TIG. Lisa stressed to the group the importance of treating everyone on staff like you want to be treated and to make sure they feel valued.
“Everybody’s job is important,” Lisa said. “We are a team.”

Businesses and agencies visited on the tours
Blood Dairy Farms
TIG Distributing
Iowa School of Beauty
St. Francis Catholic School
Bobcat Academy
Child Abuse Prevention Services
Best Western Regency Inn
UnityPoint Health
Marshalltown Family Dentistry
Central Iowa Physio
Ricken Tiling, Inc.
Ethington Heating & Cooling
Long Enterprises
KIX 101.1
Marshalltown Police Department
Marshalltown Fire Department
Marshall Country Courthouse

Student partnership committee members
Deb Wollam, McFarland Clinic
Jeff Mathis, Great Western Bank
Luis Meza, Emerson
Samuel Ibarra, Emerson
Lydia Arevalo, MHS Counselor
Valerie Corson, MHS Counselor
Connie Gardalen, MHS Gear Up Coordinator
John Augustine, Miller Middle School Counselor
Sandy Supianoski, Iowa Valley Community College District
Terri Hungerford, Iowa Valley Community College District
Teresa Klostermann, Iowa Valley Community College District

Scroll down for more photos from the tours…



Joe and Lisa Tharpe give a tour of the warehouse at TIG Distributing to a group of Marshalltown High School sophomores.



Blood Dairy Farm


Ricken Tiling


Long Enterprises


Emerson Innovation Center


Emerson’s Governor Road plant.


UnityPoint Health, Central Iowa Physio and Urgent Care



Students meet with Best Western Regency Inn kitchen manager Maria Sotelo.




Students outside the offices of Child Abuse Prevention Services.