Explore 2019: A Community, Curriculum and Career Expo

  • Now in its fifth year, Explore 2019: A Community, Curriculum and Career Expo occurred Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Sears Centre, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway in Hoffman Estates. U-46's 8th grade students attended during the school day with their teachers and classmates. The event is designed to demonstrate the connection between academics and careers, and to encourage students to think about what college or career path they might want to follow. 

    New this year, parents and guardians were invited to attend a special free “preview” of Explore 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Sears Centre.

    At both the parent preview and school-day event, U-46 faculty and staff are present to explain core classes, electives, and popular course sequences that are based on students’ career interests, such as courses in automotive, welding, healthcare science, and manufacturing, as well as additional college and career preparatory curriculum. Representatives from the District’s five magnet academies, which require an application process, are there as well. Exhibitors, which include businesses, hospitals, local governmental organizations, industry partners, universities, and non-profits, representing about a dozen career clusters, will share information on occupations that students might want to explore - and the college and career pathways that lead to those occupations.  

    As in recent years, the Alignment Collaborative for Education is partnering with U-46 to organize Explore.


  • The Citizens’ Advisory Council (CAC) helped launch the expo five years ago. Since then, members of the Alignment Collaborative for Education have helped expand the expo by recruiting local business and industry leaders to showcase career options, demonstrate skills used in those fields, and explain what high school and college coursework will prepare students to work in a particular area. Alignment is an organization that helps bring together community experts and resources to better support U-46 students so that they leave high school prepared to be contributing adults eager to live and work in their community.

    For information about how your organization can become a expo sponsor or exhibitor, please visit the Alignment website at www.align4edu.org.


Past Explore Participants