UM Collaboration Brings Career Day to Corvallis Primary School

May 08, 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 fifth graders from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 10.

The event is designed to inspire students to pursue career pathways in their community, especially in high-priority workforce sectors like manufacturing, small business, health care, and forestry and environmental management.

Participating career role models include:

  • Graduate students Eric John and Yubin Kwon on chemistry and higher education from the UM Chemistry Department.
  • Sherrill Brown on medicine from the UM pharmacy program.
  • Allie Hagwood on welding and art from American Welding and Gas, Inc.
  • Marisa Sowles on water resources from Geum Consulting.
  • Chuck Nead on clinical laboratory science from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
  • Emily Denney on family health care from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.

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

“Not only do students gain positive perspectives, set future goals and experience good character qualities, they get to experience that from local role models working right here in the Bitterroot Valley,” said Kristina Berger, technology and adult 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.” 

The Bitterroot STEM Advisory Board of the Broader Impacts Group helped create this event as part of a collective-impact initiative supported by the Martin Family Foundation.

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. Role models from the program visit K-12 schools, libraries and museums, free meal sites and attend community events throughout Missoula, the Bitterroot and the Flathead Reservation.

The fifth grade Corvallis Career Day is just one highlight of the year-round programming and collective-impact efforts funded by the Martin Family Foundation and the Jane S. Heman Foundation to inspire K-12 students about educational and career pathways in their community.

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Contact: Amanda Duley, spectrUM staff scientist, 406-728-7836,