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Local professionals share academic and career advice with students during Career Panels

To help students learn more about their career options, College Possible hosted its annual fall career panels.

Local professionals volunteered as panelists and offered academic and career advice to students during this afterschool event. Fall panels took place at partner Omaha Public Schools high schools Benson, Northwest, North and South. More than 130 students attended.

Each panel represented men and women with diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Careers included a health care professional, business manager, social media director and architect representing businesses such as Union Pacific, Seventy Five North, Children’s Hospital and Nebraska Legislature.

“It’s great for students to see a variety of people in different fields. The panelists are really engaging with the students and the impact of that is wonderful to see. They will remember those conversations throughout their journey,” said Program Coordinator Brian McNeill.

Career panels allow students to get a broader picture of their options, learn more about career paths and get real-world advice about the workplace.

“Our students are in the process of figuring out what they want to major in, and they always wonder what panelists studied in order to be able to get to where they are now. Having these experienced professionals come into the classroom and share their stories is so valuable and encouraging to students,” said Development Manager Samantha Jantzen.

Spring career panels will take place at Bellevue East High School, Papillion – La Vista High School, Westside High School, Ralston High School and Millard South High School.

For more information on how to volunteer, contact Samantha Jantzen at

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