EPIC News and Updates

EPIC For Influencers Event Happening March 10, 2022
February 9, 2022

“Influencers” are being added as the newest equation in the career programming known as EPIC (Exploring Potential Interests & Careers.) All St. Cloud area adults who help students navigate and make career pathway decisions are considered “Influencers” and the inaugural EPIC for Influencers event was held on Thursday, March 10, from 4-7 p.m. at St. Cloud Technical & Community College.

The purpose of EPIC for Influencers is to help adults learn about career pathways youth could take, requirements they need to complete to obtain specific careers, and meet local employers face-to-face. This “open house” format will provide an opportunity for “Influencers” to gain a deeper understanding of the industries highlighted at the EPIC event for high school students, which is structured around the MCIS career wheel, while also being able to connect directly with potential employers.

This event is free and open to all “Influencers” in the greater St. Cloud area – this includes parents, guardians, caregivers, mentors, educators, and those that work with youth, etc. Online registration is required for all attendees at https://epicforinfluencers.eventbrite.com. Youth are welcome to attend the event with their influencer. To mitigate the spread of COVID, attendees will be asked to select a one-hour time slot in their registration, and masks are required during their visit.

For more information, contact: Event Coordinator: Kelti Lorence, [email protected], 320-200-5573.

EPIC logo and tagline Exploring Potential Interests and Careers

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EPIC Career Exploration Event Postponed to Fall 2022
November 22, 2021

Exploring Potential Interests and Careers, EPIC Event, will be postponed to be held in the Fall of 2022 instead of it’s originally planned date in February 2022.

After much discussion, thoughtfulness, and information sharing, the EPIC Board, in partnership with the event host, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, made the difficult decision to postpone the EPIC day event that had originally been planned for February 25, 2022. Many factors including COVID safety, staffing, planning time, and logistics were considered in deciding to postpone the event.

While this event won’t be happening in February, the aim is to find a date in the Fall of 2022 to host the event with the business and community partners who make this event happen for the youth in the Central Minnesota.

“We are of course very disappointed to have to postpone this event after having to completely cancel it last year,” shared Gail Cruikshank, Talent Director from Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation and a co-chair of the EPIC Board. “This is such an important and inspiring event for career exploration for young people in Central Minnesota. With the many uncertainties and unknowns, along with wanting to have an amazing experience for all that attend, it was determined that postponing the event was in the best interest for all involved.

The EPIC Event premiered in 2019 and grew in size and scale in 2020 to include over 200 employers and 3,300 youth from 29 area schools. While the EPIC initiative started as a community collaborative in support of the one-day event, the initiative is growing to also include Career POSTS that will allow for hands-on experiences at different businesses and community organizations around the Central Minnesota community and an EPIC for Influencers event that will invite the community to a career exploration event. There have also been EPIC events that have been held at schools in the past that we will work to safely continue in the future and career exploration materials and kits being created that could be used by individuals or community partners.

For more information, contact: Gail Cruikshank at [email protected]