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300 Galesburg 8th Graders to Take Part in Welcome to the Real World Event Nov. 17 at Carl Sandburg College

300 Galesburg 8th Graders to Take Part in Welcome to the Real World Event Nov. 17 at Carl Sandburg College

Approximately 300 eighth graders from Galesburg District 205 will embark on an immersive occupational journey during the Welcome to the Real World and Career Exploration event from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 on Carl Sandburg College’s Galesburg campus.


The event, hosted by Sandburg in cooperation with the University of Illinois Extension and Regional Office of Education No. 33, also includes the help of nearly 100 volunteers. It is sure to serve as inspiration to students’ aspirations and prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the future while introducing them to a wealth of career options.


The Welcome to the Real World portion of the event demonstrates the implications of career choices and financial decisions, empowering students with a better understanding of how their choices can impact their financial futures.


The Career Exploration portion, located in the Sandburg Theater and John Lewis Gym, offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of career paths from industry partners. A new twist for this fall allows students to take part in a career panel of employers and participate in live, hands-on demos with area businesses.


Businesses, organizations and offices scheduled to participate include:


  • F&M Bank
  • Galesburg Fire Department
  • Galesburg Police Department
  • John Deere
  • Knox County Clerk and Recorder
  • Kunes Nissan of Davenport
  • Midstate Manufacturing
  • Porter-Hay Insurance
  • ROE Early Childhood
  • Sandburg dental hygiene program
  • Sandburg medical coding program
  • Sandburg technology services staff



This partnership between Sandburg, the U of I Extension and ROE No. 33 underscores the commitment of these organizations to provide students with exceptional opportunities for growth and learning.


For more information, contact Tracy Engstrom, coordinator of career development at Sandburg, at 309.341.5246 or or Shelby Carlson from the U of I Extension at


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