Chippewa Falls, WI (US) August 13, 2019 – 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Exploring Program and celebrates decades of opportunities for young adults to become prepared for life. Career Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women grades 6-12. The program provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields. Students get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for them. They develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in their selected career fields, and students get to know other peers with the same interests and aspirations.

On August 13, 2019 at the Eagles Club in Chippewa Falls, over 100 Chippewa Valley business and citizens took part in recognizing the importance of career exploring and honoring the Community Builder Award Recipients at this year’s 2nd annual luncheon. Representative Warren Petryk presented awards with Gwen Heiman from the Exploring Program. Representative Petryk, who chairs the Committee on Workforce Development, shared his experiences as a young Eagle Scout and the inspiration he felt during his time with the Boy Scouts of America. Petryk expressed the leadership he learned within the troop and the critical concepts and skills he learned that he could use in his real world experiences, as what students learn today in the Exploring Program.

The award winners included Ben Frederick, District Commander, EC Police Department, Jeff Dykes, Fire Captain, Northern Star creator, Donn Dexter, M.D. Neurology, Mayo Clinic Health System, Sarah Stokes, Co-Owner, Founder/ StokeslHerzog , The Juicy Good Life, Dana Wachs, Attorney, GCW Lawyers, and Travis Tainter, Tech Ed, Teacher of Chippewa Falls High School. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from Libby Lehr and Michael Motschenbacher, two local exploring participants, who shared their experiences and what they took away from this vital program.

“You can actually see young people grow, becoming members of the community as their curiosity is satisfied through Exploring. We attract sharp young people during their formative years and I couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds for our youth here in the Chippewa Valley,” stated Charlie Walker of Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC). Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. Whether you’re a local organization looking to strengthen the community or a young person wanting to uncover the possibilities of your future, Exploring is a great place to start.