All 11 schools across the OSU Institute of Technology campus will open their doors to nearly 1,300 visitors for Career Encounters, the university’s largest annual recruitment event.
Career Encounters is Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with several check-in stations throughout the campus beginning at 8:45 a.m.
High school seniors, CareerTech students and adult learners are encouraged to attend Career Encounters to get an up-close, first-hand look at the wide range of programs OSUIT has to offer.
Roughly 70 demonstrations, presentations, tours and hands-on activities are scheduled throughout the event for virtually every program across campus including high voltage pole climbing, an augmented reality sandbox, food sensory experiments and 3D software demonstrations, just to name a few.
“This year our event is taking a more open-house style format,” said Sable Vasquez, OSUIT special event coordinator. “This will allow visiting students to see more programs and get the best experience to allow them to make a more informed decision when thinking about their future careers.”
Students can enjoy lunch at one of four food trucks that will be on site— Tasty Beats, TNK BBQ, Taqueria El Jarocho, and Local Table— as well as from the Cowboy Café in the Student Union.
OSU mascot Pistol Pete will also be on hand for photos during the lunch period.
Career Encounters gives participants an opportunity to meet program faculty and staff, interact and talk with current students and possibly meet prospective employers.
It’s also a chance for prospective students to see what classes are like in the programs offered at OSUIT.
“They get to see and do everything. The activities are designed to help answer their questions and provide a level of expectation of what OSUIT can offer,” Vasquez said. “Some students have a preconceived notion about technical education that just isn’t true. Career Encounters shows them to see first-hand the high-demand, high-paying options available to them in these areas.”
There will be information booths throughout campus to assist anyone with directions, as well staff from the admissions and financial aid offices on hand to answer any questions.