Careers on Wheels puts middle school students in the driver’s seat and headed for their future

Careers on Wheels puts middle school students in the driver’s seat and headed for their future Main Photo

28 Apr 2017


HANS MADSEN

As a few snow flurries fell from the sky Thursday morning, a group of Fort Dodge Middle School students huddled in front of the blade of an Iowa Department of Transportation plow truck at the annual Careers on Wheels Day held on the Iowa Central Community College East Campus.

Craig Davis, a highway technician associate with the Iowa Department of Transportation, was hoping that a few light flurries was all it would be.

“I’m ready for the season to be over,” he said.

While lining up for a photo in front of the plow blade was popular with the students, the vibrating device to dislodge salt, the camera that lets the driver see behind him, as well as other dozens of controls, were also high on the list.

“The controls and the camera are their favorite,” Davis said.

Another popular work vehicle at the Careers on Wheels day was the funeral coach owned by Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Funeral Director Janet Hubbell talked about her job.

“I get to help people on the saddest day of their life,” she said.

She also told the students about how they’re able to use technology to make slide shows and videos of the deceased to show during services and visitations. Her job also requires plenty of time in school.

“I went to college for four years and then two years of mortuary science,” she said.

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