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Menahga Business Career Fair will open opportunities for students, families

By Nick Longworth

The second annual Menahga Business Career Fair will be held on Thursday, March 13 from 4-7 p.m. in the Menahga High School gym.

The event, which is free admission, is open to high school students, parents and all community members.

“Our goal is to provide exposure to a variety of career options for our students and let them know the opportunities available in Menahga. This provides our students and their parents an opportunity to visit with people who are currently working in chosen careers. It will give students an opportunity to ask questions and explore their interests as they work toward determining what career path they may choose,” said Menahga Superintendent Mary Klamm.

Over 30 vendors will be present at the fair and representing various careers including nursing, business ownership, finance, insurance, construction, dental, sales, automotive, law enforcement, engineering and more. College representatives from schools around the area and the Army National Guard will also be present.

“The benefit this fair provides spreads in several directions. It gives our students and parents the benefit to learn about careers in our local community and surrounding area and it also provides parents with information they can use as they guide their child through school and in career preparation,” Klamm said.

“It provides our local businesses and community groups the opportunity to display the careers and occupations that are available locally. This brings several items together which in the end will benefit our students as they continue on the educational and career path.”

The fair began in 2011 as an exploratory effort to highlight the careers available within the Menahga area.

“The City of Menahga conducted a survey with over 50 Menahga businesses voluntarily participating. The purpose of the survey was to find ways to retain and expand businesses within our community,” said Menahga High School Principal Dan Stifter.

Community members reviewed the survey results with community development experts from the University of Minnesota Business Retention and Expansion Program. At the meeting, teams were formed with action plans and strategies developed. Menahga Mayor Pat Foss, Menahga City Council Member Roger Henstorf and Menahga School District Superintendent Mary Klamm formed a team to work to improve labor force availability in Menahga. They determined that having a business career fair that would highlight local and regional occupations would be a great way to get students thinking about the opportunities available to them in Menahga, Stifter said.

Several doors prizes will also be won at the event. Two $250 cash prizes will be won for student drawings (students can enter the drawing as they visit career booths). One $250 cash prize will also be won for an all attendees drawing. There will be a separate $50 drawing for juniors and seniors who attend a Career Advisor program as well. There will also be $50 cash drawings throughout the evening. Door prizes that are being donated by various vendors will also be available.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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