Rockford Register Star Managing Editor Anna Derocher (right) listens as Michelle Williams answers questions from a group of students Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, during the Alignment Rockford Academy Expo at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.
ROCKFORD — Thousands of high school students got a glimpse of the future Wednesday as they interacted with community and business leaders at the 2013 Alignment Rockford Academy Expo.
It was the second year for the expo, which drew more than 5,000 Rockford high school students and 150 Rock River Valley employers.
Students from Rockford’s four public high schools and Roosevelt Community Education Center spent the morning wandering the floor of the BMO Harris Bank Center, looking for a career based on personal interests. Employers were there to help students make the connection from their interests to the working world.
They did it with motorcycles, heavy machinery, interactive games, antique cars, flight simulators, celebrity guests and other hands-on demonstrations — all with the goal of helping young people figure out what they want to do after they graduate from high school.
As a bonus, St. Fleurose got to meet the Grammy-award winning recording artist Michelle Williams, a 1997 Auburn High School graduate, and ask her a question as part of a mock press conference at the Rockford Register Star booth.
The booth also featured retired NFL football player Sean Considine, a 2000 Byron High School graduate.
“That was a surprise,” she said. “I didn’t expect that. … I got to ask Michelle Williams what she was like when she attended Auburn. That was neat.”
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Retired NFL player Sean Considine and Grammy-winning musical artist Michelle Williams attended a career expo on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Students were allowed to interview them as part of a mock press conference set up by the Rockford Register Star.