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Businesses wanted for Silver Valley Career Fair

by JOSH McDONALD
Staff Writer | February 6, 2024 1:00 AM

KELLOGG –– The Silver Valley Career/Transitions Fair for all Shoshone County high school students will take place from 8 a.m. to noon March 8 at Kellogg High School. 

Organizer Tina Karst, also the special education director for the three local school districts, is looking for any businesses in the region that would like to participate.

The fair is set up similarly to a business conference. Students will have the ability to register for breakout sessions hosted by local businesses. During the sessions, the businesses' representatives will explain or demonstrate what their company does and how a person could benefit from working for that company or in that industry. 

Businesses can also get involved by setting up a booth and interacting with students when they aren’t attending one of the breakout sessions. 

“Kids aren’t aware of what goes on in their community,” Karst said. “We want them to be able to experience everything that they can. We want them to know that they can go to college, pursue a trade, join the military or receive on-the-job training and still be successful in life.” 

Along with the career fair, local students in the school’s special education programs will be able to participate in a transition fair.

Transition fairs are opportunities for high school special education students and their families to learn about the available resources as they transition from high school to adulthood. 

This also allows the fair to take place on a day when all students are looking at potential plans for their futures and helps keep everyone together in a positive and encouraging environment. 

Along with info on potential careers, Karst plans to have representatives from area colleges and all branches of the U.S. military on hand for the annual Higher Ed Day — in which all junior high school students will participate.

“We are hoping to do this all in one day, where the focus is on these kids’ futures,” Karst said. “It’s a business conference for kids.”  

At this time, breakout sessions include fentanyl awareness, resume writing, physical therapy, nursing, floral design and real estate. Each breakout session will be presented three times, with 20-30 minutes alottted for each. 

Registrations are due Feb. 23. Register at bit.ly/Silver-Valley-Career-Transitions-Fair or call Tina Karst at 208-277-7216.