"Now I think performing arts might be better for me," Kai-Li said.
That's fine, said Swanson. The day was all about exploring. Some career paths might seem less attractive to students or a session could peak their interest in something new.
The only real limit on presentations was to keep it realistic for jobs in southeast Iowa. Students came from Fairfield, Ottumwa, Davis County, Mahaska County and other communities within Indian Hills' service area.
"We think this ... can help lay the foundation for the future of southeast Iowa," said Rubel, who would like to see educated workers stay in this area.
"Also, for some of them, it's their first time being on a college campus," Swanson added.
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