Career Encounters Welcomes Prospective Students to Campus

Career Encounters Welcomes Prospective Students to Campus

Career Encounters Welcomes Prospective Students to Campus

OSU Institute of Technology will welcome more than 1,000 prospective students to campus for Career Encounters, a one-day event demonstrating the university’s hands-on technical and applied science programs.   

The one-day open house is Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with check-in beginning at 8:45 a.m., and welcomes groups of seniors from area high schools and CareerTech locations from across the state. 

“Career Encounters is an opportunity for these students to learn about various programs that are offered here at OSUIT and also to learn about the different industries and career opportunities that come from completing one of our programs,” said Sable Vasquez, Director of Prospective Student Services.

This free event allows students to visit several programs and allows them to narrow down what they may want to pursue after high school and look into a career field with technical education.

“Some students have an inaccurate perception about technical education, so this event gives them clarification and allows them to see the high-demand, high-paying options for them in these areas,” said Vasquez.

Roughly 50 hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations from all four academic schools are scheduled for the day so students have the opportunity to experience the various programs offered at OSUIT.

From the program tour of Culinary Arts in the School of Arts, Sciences & Health, the escape room from the School of Creative & Information Technologies, the electrical systems diagnosis hands-on activity in the School of Transportation & Heavy Equipment to the live pole climbing in the School of Engineering & Construction Technologies, there’s sure to be an activity for everyone.

Students are also able to enjoy lunch at one of three food trucks that will be on site – TNK BBQ, Mona’s Rose of Sharon and Taqueria El Jarocho – in addition to the Cowboy Café in the Student Union. 

There will be information booths located in several locations across campus to assist visitors with directions or questions. 

To make a smoother check-in process for the visitors, mobile check-in will be offered when the students arrive to campus this year.

They will receive a text message an hour before the event and when they are near campus, they will receive a link that will allow them to check in on their phone.

Registration for the event is open through Oct. 7, but students will still have an opportunity to register on campus the day of the event. A few activities require pre-registration. 

To see the schedule and to register online, visit