On behalf of the 2019 West Central Minnesota Career Expo Committee, we would like to thank the community of Fergus Falls for their generous support in making the 14th annual Career Expo on Thursday, Oct. 10 a huge success.

The goals of this year’s expo were to: foster awareness of high-demand career opportunities; provide students an opportunity to meet and form personal contacts with business leaders; Increase student interest in STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math; and alleviate isolation of students who are interested in careers that do not require four-year degrees, such as two-year degree programs and certificate programs.

These goals were met by business leaders, colleges and technical colleges by having a booth at Kennedy Secondary School gym or opening their business doors for a student tour.

Over 875 local and area high school students met with professionals in a diverse range of career fields to learn about future work opportunities, as well as educational and training requirements for each field. For the fourth year, juniors and seniors from Fergus Falls (KSS) had the opportunity to visit local employers to learn about exciting career options right here in Fergus Falls. Also, the culmination of the expo was a visit to Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Fergus Falls campus. In addition, the students heard Todd Dufault address preparing them for the future, getting them to understand the importance of the choices they make and how that can impact the outcomes, relationships and their position of influence on others.

An event this size could not have happened without collaborative partners, including Fergus Falls Community Education, Kennedy Secondary School, Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Region Healthcare Corporation, Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Minnesota Workforce Center – Rural MN CEP, West Central Initiative, Otter Tail Power Company, American National Bank, Underwood Lions, Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis and Noon Rotary.

Mary Matteson

Community Education director

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