200 Students Attend YCDC's Regional Career Day

200 Students Attend YCDC's Regional Career Day Main Photo

4 Apr 2022


York County Development Corporation’s 2022 Regional Career Day was a roaring success, with over 200 students from 9 schools in attendance. Representatives from York County businesses were on hand to share information about their business, current opportunities, how students can begin their careers and what a typical career pathway might look like. “Having businesses answer questions and talk about career opportunities was incredibly powerful. Hearing firsthand accounts of what it’s like to work in York County makes it possible for students to see themselves working locally after graduation,” said Lisa Hurley, Economic Development Director for York County Development Corporation (YCDC). “I want to thank everyone who participated and helped to make Regional Career Day a success, including the Henderson Chamber and York Area Chamber - our partners in the event. From our team to local educators and business leaders, everyone came together to ensure that students had a positive and eye-opening experience.”

Participating students were able to listen to Taylor Siebert, CEO of Striv, who talked about his journey, serving, learning and connecting. He stressed the need to continually learn through your career, and to know that not all jobs are going to be fun, however they will teach you something valuable. A great quote Taylor used, and built off of, was “You were born original. You don’t want to die a copy.” by Jim Cash. 

York County Businesses Participated in our Regional Career Day

Students participated in three different career sector panels to expose them to opportunity within the region. Some of the sectors were split into two sessions due to the diversity within the business sectors. Thank you to all of the businesses who participated, shared information and engaged with York County students!

Communications & IT

  • Luke Fochtman - Henderson Health Care Services
  • Ben Mohorn - Freelance Video
  • Shon Barenklau - Lee Enterprises, York News Times

Ag, Food, Natural Resources      

  • Brian Kurth - McLean Beef
  • Chrystal Houston - Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District
  • Kevin Bonin - Agri Products
  • Tyler Stastny – Central Valley Ag
  • Diane Waters - AKRS
  • Charity Winn – Cortiva Agriscience

Human Services & Education      

  • Jake Owens  - York County Health Coalition
  • Carlee Beaver - Little Cubs Daycare
  • Bobbie Alley-Tonniges - Red Couch Counseling
  • Jon Thomas - Svehla Law
  • Mike Hanke - York Police Dept
  • Alex Hildebrand - York County Sheriff
  • Paul Vrbka - York County Sheriff
  • Josh Gillespie - York County Sheriff
  • Brandon Lambert - York Fire Dept

Health Services 

  • Dr Todd Stuckey - York Medical Clinic
  • Dr Karli Weise - Mid America Vision Center
  • Joanie Manning - York General

Business, Marketing, & Management    

  • Tanner Schwanz – Cornerstone Bank
  • April McDaniel - Kopsa Otte
  • Kyle Smith – Shotkoski & Associates

Skilled Technical Sciences             

  • Brian Houtwed – Collins Aerospace
  • Scott Schmid - Cyclonaire
  • Ron “Bonz” Mogul Jr – Moguls Transmission & Towing
  • Steve Gerken - Perennial
  • Alex Kuhn - Truck Center Company

York County Schools Hosted our Regional Career Day

Thank you to the educators and staff who promoted this event and helped students to connect with local businesses!

  • Centennial High School
  • Cross County High School
  • Dorchester High School
  • Heartland High School
  • Hampton High School
  • McCool Junction High School
  • Nebraska Lutheran High School
  • Shickley High School
  • York High School

Businesses Hosted Job Fairs

As part of Regional Career Day, local businesses and organizations also hosted job fairs, creating immediate opportunities for students to get to work. Thank you for your support!

  • Blue Beacon
  • City of York
  • Huddle House
  • Jimmy Johns
  • McDonalds
  • Truck Center Companies
  • Wendys

York County SponsorsOur Sponsors Made the Event Possible

Regional Career Day would not have been possible without the help and support of our partners. Thank you for investing in our youth and the future of our county!

  • Cornerstone Bank
  • Central Valley Ag
  • Cyclonaire
  • York General
  • Southeast Community College
  • All Points Services
  • Champion Homes
  • Dan’s Construction
  • Klute Inc.
  • Perennial Public Power District
  • Truck Center Companies
  • York College
  • Eyecare Associates
  • Henderson Health Care Services
  • Janssen Ford
  • R&R Delivery
  • Nebraska Public Power District
  • Mid America Vision Center
  • Union Bank & Trust
  • York Chiropractic Center
  • York Heating & Air 

Jobs for High School Students in York County Are Posted Online

Even after Regional Career Day there are many ways for students to begin their career or start a job in York County. For example, many local companies will hire interns. Students can also start in an entry position and work their way up through on-the-job training, or go on to receive their technical certification or college degree with employers contributing towards the cost of it. “Our local employers offer great benefits and this makes it possible to start working and go to school at the same time,” said Hurley. “When students graduate they have little to no debt and a built-in job.”

In the meantime, there are opportunities for high school students to work and earn extra money. YCDC keeps a list of open jobs on its website, with the below being a sample of what is available to local students. 

Full-Time Concessions (Ballpark Complex And/Or Family Aquatic Center) Of York

This is an excellent opportunity for a high school student (over the age of 14) to have fun while earning money this summer. 


  • Sell concessions, demonstrate excellent customer service and maintain a clean work environment.


  • Applicants must be able to work days, evenings and weekends.  Must be able to perform basic math and count change.  Have excellent customer service skills. Must be 14+.  

Part-Time Kennel Worker at K9 Kennels

Students who love dogs can make money while spending time with them! This is a self-directed position for people willing to work 2-4 weekends per month, possibly some days during the week, as desired.

  • Checking in/out dogs
  • Scheduling customers
  • Cleaning kennels
  • Feeding/watering dogs
  • Working with different dog personalities
  • Determining which dogs can play with each other during exercise time.


  • Experience work with dogs is a plus

Job Opportunities in York CountyView job opportunities in York County today. Many of which are ideal for entry level individuals, such as graduating students. Others are ideal for adults who are at the management level. Regardless of your level of experience or skill set, there is a job for you in York County!

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