As host for Session Two in a 4-part career exploration series, PowerForward DuPage welcomed 68 high school sophomores and juniors today.

The students, attending from Downers Grove North and South High Schools, are part of Chamber630’s Attainable Futures Program. The program addresses the topic of workforce readiness and each session is geared toward helping the students explore a variety of career opportunities. Today’s session, led by Executive Director Karyn Charvat,  provided a glimpse into the electrical trade as well as how to properly apply for a job, how to create an exceptional resume, and how to prepare for and succeed at interviewing. Charvat also serves as the chair of the Attainable Futures Program Committee and is a member of the chamber’s board of directors.

The afternoon closed with a tour of the DuPage JATC, led by DuPage JATC Training Director Henry Zurawski, who offered a brief overview of the apprenticeship program to the students. Other presenters included Ian Hardie, Employment Services Director for Universal Technical Institute; Linda Jonynas, Operations Manager for Junior Achievement of Chicago; Cathy Giacobbe, Program Coordinator for Community Career Center; and State Representative David Olsen. Session Three will be held at Universal Technical Institute in April and the final session and luncheon will be held at Bobak’s Signature Events & Conference Center in May.

This is the second year PowerForward DuPage has participated in the program.