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Nearly 500 students attend career expo

Nearly 500 local students attended the 2015 career expo.

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Nearly 500 local students attended the 2015 career expo.

— Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Idaho Lewis County Partners and ILCTE Foundation hosted the Third Bi-Annual Idaho-Lewis County Career Expo at the Idaho County Fairgrounds.

Four hundred-eighty students in grades seven through 12 attended the fair from Kooskia’s Clearwater Valley, Grangeville, Craigmont’s Highland, Kamiah, Nezperce, and Cottonwood’s Prairie and Summit Academy. Employers captured the attention of the students with hands-on exhibits like the Idaho Transportation Department’s snow plow simulator, a Waratah feller head simulator (modern forestry tool), law enforcement tactical gear and National Guard Humvee and currency counters. More than 30 exhibitors attended the event showcasing local employment in many different industries, military careers, and post-secondary education options.

Students began the day with a general assembly then schools were split into teams and took turns visiting the three exhibit areas and attending the educational breakout session hosted by NW Intermountain Dream It. Do It. on “Local Careers in Modern Manufacturing” with presenter Deb Smith of Clearwater Economic Development Association. During lunch, students were split into two groups, taking turns with one group eating lunch and the other attending an interactive presentation on “Career Choices Based on Personality” by Carla Wilkins from the LCSC Grangeville Outreach Center.

“The exhibitors did a wonderful job of showcasing local employment, careers and educational options,” said organizer Melisa Bryant of Ida-Lew EDC. “Local employers from across Idaho and Lewis counties took time to talk with students about what career opportunities they have and what secondary and post-secondary education will help the students be successful in going to work for them.”

The Idaho-Lewis County Career Expo is made possible through generous sponsorship by area employers, organizations and businesses including this year’s corporate sponsor P1FCU. Additional information on the expo, including a full list of sponsors and event pictures, is available on the Career Expo Facebook page –


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