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Students Explore Career Options at Industry Fair

March 06, 2024

IMG_3226_Insta.jpgHundreds of students from St. James Collegiate Institute, Jameswood Alternative School and Bruce Middle School wove through industry booths to explore career possibilities on Thursday, February 29, 2024 as part of SJASD's inaugural travelling Industry Career Fair.

The fair visits other SJASD high schools throughout March and features approximately 38 companies or organizations looking to recruit future employees from a variety of industry groups throughout the city, including but not limited to Manitoba Hydro, Birchwood Auto Group, and Beaver Transport.

The event is being organized by SJASD's Career Development Team—including lead teachers Janet Frolek, Jennifer Doyle, and Stephen Dudar—with support from Indigenous Educator Cherie Stroppa, as well as school-based staff and student volunteers.

Janet Frolek is a Career Development & Work Placement Teacher for SJASD. She says the fair provides primarily grade 9 to 12 students with the chance think about career options, hear from industry representatives, and consider what steps they might need to take to move into that field or be successful with a particular employer.

“Students are encouraged to think about their career pathways and engage in opportunities to meet professionals from various fields to ask questions about employment and education and consider their next career development steps," she says.

With so much on offer, from aerospace, to aviation, to supply chains, heavy construction, manufacturing, and transportation, the possibilities can seem endless.

Janet says effective career development coaching is critical because it can help students reflect on who they are, what their interests are, and where they'd like to go.

“Making decisions about the future can be challenging for all of us. Research shows that Career Development can serve as a form of a mental heath intervention for students, helping them hone their interpersonal and problem-solving skills, while also working on goal setting and decision making to help ease the transition into adulthood."

The travelling fair stops at Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, John Tayler Collegiate and Westwood Collegiate over the next few weeks. Check out the dates and times and view the full list of industry representatives below.



St. James Collegiate Institute (and Jameswood Alternative School) (complete)
Thursday, February 29, 2024
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
Thursday, March 7, 2024
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

John Taylor Collegiate
Thursday, March 14, 2024
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Westwood Collegiate
Thursday, March 21, 2024
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


industrypresentations_2_insta.jpgParticipating Organizations
Please note: Industry representation may vary by fair. For questions about the attendance of a specific industry group, contact Janet Frolek.

Aerospace Manitoba
Alpha Technologies
Assiniboine Chamber of Commerce
Beaver Truck Centre
Bioscience Association of Manitoba (BAM)
Birchwood Auto Group
Boys and Girls Club – Wpg Recreation
Canada Safeway
Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian National Railway (CN)
City of Winnipeg
EIC – Perimeter & Calm Air
Futures Forward Program
Herzing Career College
Insurance Brokers of Manitoba
Ka Ni Kanichihk | Those Who Lead
LauncHER into Trades
Manitoba Corrections
Manitoba Government - Early Learning & Childcare Division
Manitoba Hydro
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT)
Manitoba Motor Dealers Association
Manitoba Orthotics
Manitoba Tourism
MC College
Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts (MOSMA)
Monarch Industries
Motion Cares
Newcomers Employment & Education Development Services (NEEDS)
North Forge Fabrication
RRC Polytech - Aerospace
RRC Polytech - Indigenous Pathways
RRC Polytech​​ - Skilled Trades
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
SAFE Workers of Tomorrow
Sigfusson Northern
St. James-Assiniboia School Division - Continuing Education
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services (WFPS)
Youth Employment Services (YES)

The Career Development team would like to thank all the industry groups listed above for participating in this important event series. They would also like to thank all the staff and students that have stepped up to help organize and facilitate this travelling fair, Lauren Lecuyer, David Ingram and Mia Barker for developing promotional event material, and the Graphic Technology class from Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate for providing financial support.

Pictured Above: (Top three images): Students take in industry booths at St. James Collegiate Institute on February 29, 2024; (Bottom image): Geri Clincke (standing, left), a representative from the Manitoba Aviation Council talks to students about different career pathways and opportunities, from pilots and crew members, to aviation mechanics and technicians, to air traffic controllers and accountants.


Did you know that Success for Each Learner is one of five focus areas for teaching in learning in SJASD's new ​Str​ategic Plan? Learn more about Success for Each Learner here.​​