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Lac La Biche students explore careers

Over 300 high schools students from the Lac La Biche region had the opportunity to learn about careers and post-secondary options at the Lac La Biche Career Fair on Tuesday, May 14.

The career fair was a partnership between Northern Lights Public Schools and Portage College designed to showcase the learning opportunities available for students at the college campus and introduce them to the different career opportunities available to them in the region. Some of the programs featured include: carpentry, welding, power engineering, heavy equipment technician/operator, environmental science, early learning childcare, paramedic, hairstyling, culinary arts, and licensed practical nursing.

“The students each got to choose the five programs they were most interested in and they spent 20 minutes exploring each of them,” said Karen Draycott, Director of Learning - Grades 7 to 12 Instructional Support. “We also had over 20 booths with local employers that students had the chance to talk to, ask questions, and learn about potential career paths.”

Students also had the opportunity to win door prizes provided by local businesses and organizations, including the grand prize of a 70” TV donated by Kingdom Cats, which was won by a student from J.A. Williams High School.

“We received lots of positive feedback from students that they were able to get some great information and advice related to careers that they are interested in,” said Draycott. “The employers that participated were able to have some great conversations with our students and indicated it was a great opportunity to make connections with potential future employees.”

The event was sponsored by Jardeg, EllisDon, Work Wild, Britton’s Your Independent Grocer, Kingdom Cats, ALPAC, Seven Lakes, Portage College, and Lac La Biche County.