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William Kelley students learn about possible jobs at career fair

William Kelley senior Tyler Mallory speaks with U.S. Army recruiters Chris Sherman, Jackson Rolles and Dawn Mellesmoen during a career fair at Kelley on Wednesday, April 10. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)1 / 3
Students mill about and speak with several various employers from the region about careers. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)2 / 3
William Kelley sophomore Carter Zabrocki attempts to stack two logs on top of each other while trying out a construction excavator during the career fair at Kelley on April 10. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)3 / 3

William Kelley High School students received a taste of what the local job market looks Wednesday, April 10.

About 30 businesses gathered in the Kelley gym in Silver Bay for a career fair. All high school students attended the fair and were encouraged to visit every booth to ask questions.

"This is the first career fair we've had for several years. It started when the school began collaborating with local businesses more throughout this year. This is a result of that," said school counselor Tami Duke. "They're here to speak with students about their professions — about what it takes to get a career in banking or construction or medicine, for example. They're here to highlight what our local area has to offer students if they chose to stay around."

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) also presented the students with information about the job market throughout the state, education and training available and job search resources prior to the fair.

One popular booth was set up outside in the parking lot next to the school. VanHouse Construction brought two excavators for students to practice operating. Students were taught the controls, then instructed to lift up a log and attempt to balance it on top of another log.

A crowd gathered around to watch the attempts and cheers could be heard whenever a student got it right.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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