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2001.06.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Career Fair Event for Middle School Students Set for June 29

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Service Learning Academy has brought together area high school students taking part in the university’s Summer Scholars Program and UNO graduate students taking “Human Resources in the Schools” for a unique service-learning project that focuses on career exploration and preparing for college.

The graduate students in Karen Hayes’ service-learning course led small group workshops with the Summer Scholars, a group of 46 rising high school seniors, on the topics of resume development, essay writing, interpersonal communication skills and interviewing earlier this month. The Summer Scholars will take the skills they learned and host a career fair for middle school students from the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club. The fair will take place on Wednesday, June 29 at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Summer Scholars, who are sponsored by the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs, have designed learning stations to explore career fields and 16 business professionals will be available to answer questions, provide in-depth information and discuss job opportunities. The middle-school students will also tour the campus guided by the high school students.

This P-16 Initiative project is supported by the UNO Service Learning Academy in partnership with Building Bright Futures. The Service Learning Academy facilitates partnership between the university and K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences. The career fair project brings together the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs, Nebraska Career Connections, Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha, the Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council and the UNO Welcome Center.

For more information contact:

* Lucy Garza Westbrook, UNO Service Learning Academy, (402) 554-3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu;

* Maria Garza, UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs, (402) 554-2248 or mgarza@unomaha.edu;

* Karen Hayes, UNO Educational Administration and Supervision, 402-554-3240 or karenhayes@unomaha.edu; or

* Albert Varas, Building Bright Futures, 402-715-4145 or a.varas@buidingbrightfutures.net.

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