Career Day Will Expose Youth to Opportunities

Friday, January 31, 2014

Dozens of local employers will be meeting with sophomore and junior students during upcoming career day sponsored by the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC). More than 200 students from Milbank, Grant-Deuel, Summit and Wilmot will participate in the educational event. “Jobs in South Dakota are actually on the rise, but our work force is declining,” commented Bobbie Bohlen, GCDC executive director. “So we really need to stress to the students that there are opportunities right here.”

 Career day will be Wednesday, February 12, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Milbank High School Armory.

Business representatives will discuss the kinds of opportunities that are available in the area.  “In past years, each business has had a booth that was specific to their industry,” Bohlen explains. “This year will be slightly different. We are moving the focus away from specific job openings.”

 Prior to the event students will have logged onto the state-sponsored career site called My Life.  According to Bohlen, this site helps students identify career clusters and areas of interest.  There are fifteen career clusters to choose from, ranging from architecture and agriculture to transportation and logistics. “Our hope is that it will force the students to look at area business in a different light,” Bohlen said. “The human service cluster could be anything from a hairstylist to a clergyman or an activities director in a nursing home. It is more important than ever before to make the youth in the area aware of the opportunities available to them. Our youth are our best resource for the future.”

               During career day, the students will have an opportunity to participate in two 25-minute sessions based on the career clusters and a third open session for a random choice.

               “This is really a career enlightenment day, not just a job fair,” Bohlen explained. “More than ever it is critical that we make the area youth aware of the broad scope of career choices that are available for them in Grant County.”

               For more information, contact Bohlen at the Grant County Development Corporation office, gcdc@itctel.com.

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