he College and Career Expo will be held in the Gold Gym at Kennedy Secondary School from 8:30 am to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

High school students from Fergus Falls along with area high schools – Twin Oaks, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Campbell-Tintah, West Central, and Pelican Rapids will visit with college reps and businesses to learn more about careers and visit business and college displays set up in a trade-show style. The event highlights the skills and education students need to attain high paying, in-demand jobs in West Central Minnesota.

During this event, businesses and colleges are encouraged to have hands-on or interactive experiences for the students. This event is not a job fair, but instead informs students of career and job possibilities, future internships, summer jobs or job shadowing opportunities. Businesses will share the types of jobs they have as an employer, wage ranges, size of their workforce, top types of jobs, why it’s a field to be considered for employment and recommended schooling.

Our Fergus Falls High School seniors will travel to M State in the morning to hear Josh Teigen, Protosthetics LLC, and then divide into areas of their interest to tour Lake Region Healthcare, Otter Tail Power, Otter Tail County and ShoreMaster.

Thanks to the following sponsors for the event — Fergus Falls Community Education, Fergus Falls High School, Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission, M-State, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Workforce Center/Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program and Lakes Country Service Cooperative.

Walk or Bike to School Day: Oct. 5

Nearly 200 Minnesota schools and thousands of students will participate in International Walk and Bike to School Day on Oct. 5, including the Fergus Falls Public Schools.

The annual event, sponsored by the Minnesota Safe Routes to School, encourages students and parents to get outside, increase their physical activity, teach pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduce traffic congestion and strengthen connections between families, schools and communities while walking and biking to school.

Participants can also join in the Walk to School Day photo contest by submitting photos on social media with the hashtag #mnwalks. Winners receive a $25 gift card.

The event is an opportunity for families with children who typically ride a school bus and who live in areas with bike-friendly paths to school to walk and bike to school. Walk to School Day encourages parents and community members to begin thinking about the walk and walkability and bike ability of their neighborhoods.

Fergus Falls

Public Library

The local library is another wonderful partner with our school district.  Erin Smith, Fergus Falls Librarian, shared that they concluded their 15th summer of Extra Reading at the Library tutoring program.

One of the big issues for young learners is the “summer slide” where they go backward in the reading level over the summer — half of the reading achievement gap can be traced to summer learning loss. Because of the ERL program, 83 students were able to maintain or improve their reading scores over the summer. This program allows students to be better prepared to enter school each fall. Thank you!

Jerry Ness is the superintendent of Fergus Falls Public Schools. His column appears Wednesdays.

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