Breaking News
More () »

Minneapolis College's Career Day encourages kids to start thinking about their future

Minneapolis college hopes this will help set these students on the right path.

MINNEAPOLIS — College enrollment continues to go down, but Minneapolis College has a plan to introduce eighth graders to its degrees and where they can take them. 

Alex Williamson goes to Andersen United Middle, a ‘GEAR UP’ Minneapolis Public School, where at least half of the student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

He joined about 700 other eighth-graders who go to 'GEAR UP' schools to spend a day talking to different professors and employers.

"I'm interested in marine biology, zoology, music, graphic design, architecture, and maybe photography," said Williamson. "This just helped me look deeper into what I wanted to do."

Minneapolis College hopes the partnership will help set these students on their path. 

“With college-going rates, we want to get exposure to kids younger, we want to help them kind of figure out what they want to do,” said Julie Poyzer, the Director of Career Services School with Minneapolis College.

The number of undergraduates enrolled in college is down 9.4% compared to two years ago, so the organization wants kids to start thinking about their future sooner.

"It's just a variety of different programs," said Poyzer. "But mainly we're focusing on their career and technical programs."

Hands-on, 20-minute sessions included aircraft, apparel, architectural technology, art, biology, business management, environmental science, graphic/web design, information technology, machine tool, nursing, photography and sleep technology.

Watch more Breaking The News:

Watch all of the latest stories from Breaking The News in our YouTube playlist:


Download the free KARE 11+ app for Roku, Fire TV, and other smart TV platforms to watch more from KARE 11 anytime! The KARE 11+ app includes live streams of all of KARE 11's newscasts. You'll also find on-demand replays of newscasts; the latest from KARE 11 Investigates, Breaking the News and the Land of 10,000 Stories; exclusive programs like Verify and HeartThreads; and Minnesota sports talk from our partners at Locked On Minnesota. 

Before You Leave, Check This Out