D155 Creative Career Expo

Our goal in District 155 is to provide each student with an opportunity to explore career pathways through our Career Experiences Program (CEP). Nearly 20 percent of our students have identified interests in a variety of creative careers in architecture and design, the arts, advertising and marketing, culinary arts, event planning, fashion, interior design, journalism, music, and public relations. In an effort to foster those interests and inform students about creative careers, D155 will host a Creative Careers Conference on January 28, 2023, at Prairie Ridge High School. This three-hour event will connect students to professionals and companies through a large, hands-on expo, a student panel, and a keynote speaker. Parents & guardians of middle school students
are invited to attend with their students.




When: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Time: 7:45 a.m. - 11:00 A.m.
Where: Prairie Ridge High School

Middle School Students & Parents
7:45 - 8:15 AM          Registration
8:00 - 9:15 AM          Course & Career Expo
9:30 - 10: 15 AM       Presentation

High School Students
8:15 - 8:30 AM      Registration
8:30 - 9:15 AM      Presentation
9:30-11:00 AM    Career Expo

Panelist Biographies

Creative Career Expo

  • Todd Burns, Architect
  • Nicci Shutters & Margo Brookens, Interior Design
  • Crystal Lake Public Library
  • Jennefer Folsom, Actor
  • Julia Noak, Wild Asparagus Catering
  • Paige Hammond, Broadway Academy of Art and Dance
  • Cristyn Sterchi, Photographer
  • David Bradburn, Independent film & video company
  • Denise Barr, Director of Communications & Public Engagement, D47
  • Kim Oclon, Author
  • Matt Cozzi, Podcaster
  • Nic Vazquez, Sound and Lighting Engineer
  • Olivia Doak, Journalist
  • Encore Music Academy
  • Sarah Klos, Designer
  • Scott Taege, OnTarget Designs
  • Connor Sterchi, Managing Editor Moody Publishers
  • Kellyann Kozel, Cheshire Cakes
  • Stephanie Dycha, Design
  • Emily Velazquez, Design Artist
  • Taylor Smith, Art Teacher/Design
  • Amy Zakoian, A-Z interiors
  • Cobey Bienart, Songwriter
  •  Eileen Lynch, Creative Writer

Sponsored by: Jostens & McHenry County Cooperative for Employment Education