Career Day Spells Success for Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart students were treated to an amazing assortment of speakers when Career Day unfolded on Friday, Feb. 23. The day began with Mass, offered for the intention of helping students discover more about their vocations, and how they can use this to serve God and man. Then all the students listened to the Keynote Address by Merle Bachman. Merle graduated from Falls City High and UNL, and rose through the ranks to become the President of HDR Architecture, which currently employs over 10,000 people worldwide. He spoke about the values learned from living in this community, and how that helped him achieve success. Through a Power Point presentation, he showed the students pictures of projects he spearheaded in Beijing, Abu Dhabi, Dallas, and Washington, D.C., as well as several landmark buildings in Omaha.

The next part of the day was spent with different panels of professionals who gave presentations on a variety of occupations. These included many people from the medical field, an agronomist, chemists, teachers, bankers, accountants, writers, an artist, a park ranger—in all over 35 people from different fields. Southeast Community College in Milford sent a team of teachers from different areas in the tech field, so students could find out about course offerings different from what’s offered at most colleges. Older students were given helpful advice about stress management, financial planning, and how to avoid dating violence.  There was a panel who spoke to all the students about religious vocations, and another who spoke about the importance of volunteering to help others. These speakers included Sr. Therese Bangert, Sacred Heart alumna who currently lobbies for the poor in the Kansas Legislature, and Jack Bangert, who spent several years with the Peace Corps in South America.

A huge thanks goes out to all the presenters who shared their information, their advice, their personal journeys. Many people traveled over a hundred miles to be part of the program. It was a fascinating day for our students as they explored the many possibilities awaiting them after high school.