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Career Exploration


Contact Amy Steenhoek with questions.

Explore Auto/Diesel Day

Date: Friday, April 7, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: DMACC

This event is for students interested in exploring future educational and career options in the following areas: Auto Collision Technology, Auto Mechanics Technology, and Diesel Technology. Students will also learn about the four Manufacturer Based Programs (ASEP, ASSET, MOPAR CAP, and Honda PACT) which allow students to have a paid work experience while earning their 2-year associate’s degree. Students will have the opportunity to attend activity sessions related to each program. Lunch (pizza) is included.

Registration Form: Explore Auto/Diesel Day at DMACC Sign Up

Registration Deadline: March 24, 2023

Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program Preview

(Coordinated by DMU)
Date: April 13, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Virtual

This event is designed for you to have the opportunity to learn more about DMU’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. OTD Preview will focus on the occupational therapy profession and benefits of receiving your education at DMU. Time will be allotted for a Q&A as well.

Cost: Free
Registration: Occupational Therapy Program Preview Registration

Build My Future

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Time: 10:30 am – 1:15 pm

Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds

Join us for this hands-on career fair and industry showcase. Many career pathways represented, however there is a concentration on the Skilled Trades. Lunch is included.

Registration Form: Build My Future Sign Up

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2023

Explore Careers in Health Sciences Day

Date: May 19, 2023
Time: 9:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Location: Mercy College of Health Sciences

Hosted by Mercy College of Health Sciences, this event will allow 10-12th graders the chance to learn more about many careers in the health science pathway. The day will include a campus tour, hands-on activities, and program and career information.

Cost: Free. Transportation to and from the event will be provided by Ankeny Schools. Lunch provided.

Registration: Explore Careers in Health Sciences Day Registration

Skilled Trades Camp

(Coordinated by ACSD)
Date: June 19-23, 2023
Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

ACSD 9-12th graders are invited to join us for our 2nd annual Skilled Trades Camp, hosted by Ankeny Community School District and Des Moines Home Builders Association. Students will explore opportunities in the areas of architecture and engineering, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, masonry and lineman through speakers, jobsite/business tours and hands-on activities. Capacity is limited to 25 students.

Cost; Free. Lunch and transportation to locations will be provided.

Registration: Skilled Trades Camp Registration

Junior Achievement EntrepreneuHER Workshop

Date: July 11, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Junior Achievement-Central Iowa • 6100 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312

The JA Female Entrepreneur Workshop is a 1-day event focused on empowering high school aged girls by giving them the tools and confidence to pursue their dreams. Event includes mini lessons on running a business, professional headshots, career interest inventory, and local entrepreneur guest speakers and mentors. Capacity is limited to 25 female participants entering 9-12th grade for the 2023-24 school year.

Cost; Free. Lunch is provided.

Registration: JA EntrepreneuHER Workshop

Junior Achievement Biztown Summer Camp

(Coordinated by Junior Achievement)
Date/Times: Two Sessions to choose from:
June 19-22, 2023 •  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

June 26-29, 2023 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Junior Achievement-Central Iowa • 6100 Grand Avenue, Des Moines IA, 50312

JA BizTown Summer Camp is an indoor, academic camp geared towards students entering grades 5-7. This camp is designed to educate and enhance the camper’s financial literacy learning while infusing entrepreneurship, work and career readiness, team work, marketing, philanthropy and public speaking. 

Cost: $230 ($15 off when you register 2 people)


Casey’s Business Camp

(Coordinated by ACSD)
Date: June 27-29, 2023
Cost: Free

MercyOne Patient Care Technician Training Program + Part Time Job

Date/Times for Training: May 30 – June 16 or July 10 – Aug. 4 (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: Des Moines MercyOne

A great opportunity for any student 16  years or older that is interested in a Health Care Career. This would be a great way to gain foundational skills, secure a part-time job, and network with professionals in the Health Care industry. This 4-week training program is full-time while completing the paid training (2 weeks classroom, 2 weeks on-the-job training). After program completion, students will transition into a part-time as needed status and be able to pick up shifts as their schedule allows. Please keep in mind that this program is an opportunity that leads to employment in one of MeryOne’s nursing units upon successful completion of the class. Compensation range is $15 – 18/hr. Students must have reliable transportation to and from work.

Contact Helen Smith

Business Horizons

(Coordinated by Iowa Association of Business and Industry)
Date: July 16 – 20

Location: Drake University

Business Horizons is a weeklong summer program for Iowa high school students (grades 9-12) designed to provide unique first-hand college and career experience, foster personal growth and promote leadership development through team-based activities, entrepreneurial competitions and action-packed fun!

Cost: On/Before May 29: $350 • After May 29: $400

Participation fees cover lodging, meals, materials and activities for the week. Requests for financial assistance may be made on the registration as scholarships are available.