Fermilab hosts Career Expo for Kane and DuPage county high school students, February 20, 2008: Meet scientists, engineers, technicians and college representatives

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Students can learn about career options at The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Expo, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Wilson Hall on the Fermilab campus.

The expo connects Kane and DuPage county high school students with working professionals and career training options.

Scientists, engineers and technicians will be on hand to answer questions about their careers. Students also may pose questions about academic and career options to representatives from colleges and universities on hand. Students may listen to panel discussions, featuring professionals from several fields.

Area educators helped organize the event to give students a broader perspective of their career choices and the jobs available in their area.

“We have great resources, both people and facilities, that we need to expose to more than just our individual parents and students,” said Jane Harris, Geneva High School career specialist. “Fermilab is one of the top places for science in Kane and DuPage counties. As I see it, it is the place that people associate with science.”

The event is free of charge, and no advance registration is necessary. Contact Nancy Lanning at edreg@fnal.gov or 630-840-5588 for more information, or visit http://ed.fnal.gov/programs/careerfair.

Event organizers include the Fermilab Education Office and representatives from St Charles High schools, Geneva Community High School, Batavia High School, the DuPage County Career Education Center and the DuPage Area Occupational Education System. Event sponsors include Fermilab Friends for Science Education, Northern Kane County Regional Vocation System, DuPage Area Occupational Education System and Valley Education for Employment System.

The mission of the Fermilab Education Office is to strengthen primary-and secondary-school education by using Fermilab resources to improve teaching and learning in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Programs are a catalyst for change and a resource to schools and districts nationwide.

Fermilab is a Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory operated under contract by the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC. The DOE Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the nation and helps ensure U.S. world leadership across a broad range of scientific disciplines.