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Career Exploration Program

Job Shadow Program Brings Highland Park High School Students and Businesses Together

Highland Park professionals and Highland Park High School (HPHS) sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to participate in the Highland Park Career Exploration Program (HPCE). The year-round program provides Highland Park High School students the opportunity to gain valuable insights into a potential career path. Students are matched and meet with professionals to discuss career aspirations, work initiatives, and other professional inquiries.

The program, initiated by City Councilman Alyssa Knobel and coordinated by City Manager Ghida Neukirch, was launched in 2016 to provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable insights into a potential career path and goals. Students are matched and meet with professionals to discuss career aspirations, work initiatives, and other professional inquiries. Professionals benefit by providing a critical service to local students and the community and developing an informed future workforce.

More than 150 individuals have participated since the launch of the program highlighting potential careers in the areas of medicine, public relations, marketing, government, public safety, merchandising, auto mechanics, finance, technology and more.

Applications for professionals and students are being accepted on a rolling basis.  Once selected, professionals are matched with students with similar career aspirations as soon as possible.

Professionals and students can find an application below. Students may also complete an application by contacting Aliza Gilbert at agilbert@dist113.org.  For further information on the student participation process, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000. Program information can also be found via the following video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErOj84sqwFQ

 
2020 Career Exploration Program - Professional Application

2020 Career Exploration Program - Student Application

Career Exploration 2016 Group Photo