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High school students explore possibilities at Futurepalooza

Futurepalooza, an annual signature event, showcases professionals and post-secondary schools and highlights career and educational opportunities for high school and Minot State University students. MSU will host Futurepalooza Sept. 13 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall and the Dome. Exciting presentations and informational booths will be free and open to students, parents and community members, 9 a.m.-noon.

“One of the most unique college fairs offered in the state, Futurepalooza starts with a keynote address to fire students up to prepare for their futures,” said Carissa Botton, admissions counselor and Futurepalooza organizer. “Dan Conn, assistant professor of teacher education and our keynote this year, will tackle the challenges that students face with automation, globalization and never-ending technological advancements. He will advise how to prepare for those challenges by shapeshifting into the future.”

 In addition to the college fair, presenters from 16 career categories will participate in round table sessions with the students. They will discuss their education backgrounds, and the steps they took to achieve professional success.           

Post-secondary schools and military branches from across the region will also exhibit at the event. These include 42 colleges, universities, institutes or academies from North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Manitoba and Montana.

“Futurepalooza could be one of the most important events students attend this year,” said Kevin Harmon, vice president for student affairs. “We have experts from a wide variety of career fields and every North Dakota higher education institution in the same place, at the same time!”

For questions about Futurepalooza, contact Botton at or 858-3351.

Published: 08/23/16

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