February 2013
In This Issue
What Is Exploring?
Meet your Learning For Life team
New 2014 Spring Exploring Programs
Photography Exploration
Business Exploration
Banking Exploration


What is Exploring?

Exploring is a career education program sponsored by area businesses that help young adults make a more informed decision about future careers and determine if a particular career is the right one for them.  Exploring is about gaining practical experience in a career field. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop. 

 Meet our

Learning For Life Exploring team

From left – Sarah Kalhorn, Tom Kutilek, and Michelle Hurt.
Michelle Hurt, Director
Michelle started her career at the Council in 2008 as a paraprofess-ional with the Learning for Life area. In 2009, she joined full-time with the Program Team as the Activities Director for the Council.  Since 2010, Michelle has been our Learning for Life Director. She manages the Exploring program and the Learning for Life after-school groups.  She has recently taken over giving leadership to the Outreach area in North and South Omaha. Contact Michelle Hurt  at (402) 431-9272 x267.   

Sarah Kalhorn, Learning For Life Executive

Sarah oversees the Learning for Life program and works in conjunction with the Exploring Executive to offer programming for students K-12 that prepares them for life through character education and career development.  She also works with local high school guidance counselors to provide career surveys and promote new programs.  Sarah graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December of 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psych-ology and English.  Contact Sarah Kalhorn  at 402-514-3022.


Tom Kutilek, Exploring Executive

Tom oversees all Exploring posts. He creates and maintains partner-ships with local businesses to give students ages 14-21 the opportunity to experience their future career interests in a hands-on setting. Part of his job is to grow the amount of different career choices that youth can choose from to learn about.  He attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO where he received his Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Music. He moved to Missoula, Montana for a one-year volunteer program called Jesuit Volunteer Corp., and stayedto attain his MBA degree from the University of Montana.  He enjoys working with the Exploring program, and believes in the program mission helping to introduce youth to as many differ-ent career choices as possible before they take the next step into college.  Contact Tom Kutilek at 402-216-1975.   

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New  Exploring Programs

for Spring 2014

Photography Program    March 11, 2014
Business Program    March 25, 2014
Banking Program    March 25, 2014
UNL Durham Architecture    March 25, 2014
HyVee/Creighton Pharmarcy    April 1, 2014

 Photography Exploration

This Exploring program is a mix of photography classes and learning about how to run a business as a photographer. The first two programs are photography classes at Rockbrook Camera. Then, visit three established photography businesses in Omaha. Learn about how they create their photos, run their business, and become successful. Each photography session will last 90 minutes. Kick-off for this program is March 11, 2014. Find more information and register online now!

Rockbrook Camera

5:30 – 7 pm

each session

March 11

March 14

Modern Images

6 to 7:30 pm

each session

March 18

March 20

Deyo’s Photography

6 to 7:30 pm

March 25

Johnston Photography

6 to 7:30 pm

March 27

Business Exploration

Within this program you will have the   opportunity to experience five successful businesses in the Omaha area. Learn how these companies originated, how they are managed, and what has helped them become who they are today.  Each business session will last 90 minutes from 6 to 7:30 pm starting March 18, 2014. The following businesses will meet on Tuesday nights.  Find more information and register online now!

 Sirius Computer Solutions

March 25

Social Media


March 27


West Corporation

April 1


April 15

Banking Exploration

Interested in banking? This Exploring program will give you deep insight into everything banking related. Program kick-off starts at the Federal Reserve, followed by tours and  presentations by six Omaha banks. Each bank session will last 90 minutes, 6:00-7:30p.m, starting March 18, 2014. The following bank visits will be hosted on Thursday nights.  Find more information and register online now!

Federal Reserve

March 25

First National Bank

March 27

Security National Bank

April 1

Treynor State Bank

April 3
Premier Bank April 10
First Westroads Bank April 17
Bank of the West April 24

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