Career Day Coming to Corvallis Primary School

March 11, 2019

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s We Are Montana in the Classroom initiative and Corvallis Primary School will collaborate on a career exploration day for the school’s second-graders from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.

Co-organized by We Are Montana in the Classroom and Corvallis School District, the event is designed to engage students with career pathways in their community – particularly in high-priority workforce sectors such as manufacturing, small business, health care and forestry/environmental management.  

The University’s Broader Impact Group’s Bitterroot STEM Advisory Board helped produce the event, which is part of a collective-impact initiative powered by the Martin Family Foundation.

Participating career role models are:

  • Jen Bush on nursing from Marcus Daly Hospital.
  • Patrick Hanley on veterinary science from Rocky Mountain Labs.
  • Eric Hanssen on engineering from Rocky Mountain Labs.
  • Beth Fischer and intern Mikayla Pulliman on microscopy from Rocky Mountain Labs.
  • Tregei Starr on chemical engineering from Rocky Mountain Labs.
  • Sarah Anzick and intern Brian Healy on genetics from Rocky Mountain Labs.

Students will rotate through stations, where role models will lead activities and demonstrations and share stories from their career and educational experiences.

“When children get to experience various careers, especially at the second-grade level, they can pick up perspectives, future goals and good character qualities that could last a lifetime,” said Kristina Berger, technology education director for Corvallis School District and co-coordinator for the event. “Experiencing positive role models in a career fair atmosphere is extremely important to plant the seed that there is no limit to what they can achieve.”

We Are Montana in the Classroom engages UM faculty members, graduate students and professionals with Montana K-12 students, with the goal of closing opportunity gaps and inspiring the next generation to pursue higher education and career pathways. The program’s role models visit K-12 schools, libraries, museums, free meal sites and community events throughout Missoula, the Bitterroot and the Flathead Reservation.

The Second-Grade Corvallis Career Day is one programming highlight of a year-round, collective impact effort powered by the Martin Family Foundation and the Jane S. Heman Foundation to inspire K-12 students about educational and career pathways in their community. Visit https://biginthebitterroot.org/ for more information.

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Contact: Amanda Duley, spectrUM staff scientist, 406-728-7836, amanda.duley@umontana.edu.