Approximately 300 sophomores from Bushnell Prairie City, Macomb, Rushville, and West Prairie high schools attended the annual 10th Grade Career Expo hosted by Spoon River College at the Macomb Spoon River College Outreach Center on November 9.

The interactive event focused on four main career areas: health care/human and public services, arts and communication, agriculture/food/natural resources, and manufacturing/engineering/logistics. Presenters provided hands-on activities and shared information about their respective careers. Several of the businesses were represented in multiple career areas.

“Our presenters did a great job of giving students a look at the work they do while also providing both entertaining and informative hands-on activities that got the students’ attention,” said Karen Trusely, advisor and event organizer. “Hopefully it gave students some things to think about as they make decisions about their futures.”

The following businesses were in attendance, with several represented in multiple career areas: McDonough Telephone Cooperative, MidAmerica National Bank, Crafty Coop, Western Illinois University, Carl Sandburg College, Advanced Rehab, Hy-Vee, McDonough District Hospital, AMR, DOT Food, McDonough County U of I Extension, Corteva Agri Science Research Facility, Martin Tractor, Birkey’s, VIT School District, Macomb Fire Department, Catch A Star Learning Center, WIRC, Illinois State Police, and Spoon River College.

Pictures of the event can be viewed on the Spoon River College Facebook page.


students performing CPR on manikins during 10th Grade Career Expo