The annual Northern Valley Career Expo continues to reach high school students, effectively informing them about career opportunities available in Northeast North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.
The 2014 Expo featured an exhibit area with 70 regional employers showcasing career opportunities they offer and educational break-out sessions led by area professionals that profiled 22 different career fields.
Survey results highlight the event’s impact:
- 84% said the materials presented in their breakout sessions were relevant to their career goals
- 90% agreed that as a result of the breakout sessions they attended, they know more about the skills, knowledge, and training needed
- 93% agreed…the exhibitor showcase is worthwhile. 88% said they were more engaged with the exhibits that had equipment or hands-on activities
- 78% of students say the Expo has increased the likelihood they’ll pursue a career in the region
- 92% say the Expo is a valuable career education activity
Based on these survey results, in the event’s first three years, nearly 3,000 students are more likely to pursue careers in the region as a result of attending an Expo.
“Based on that we will have nearly 1,000 young adults each year who are intent on creating their futures in the region,” said Expo planning committee member Eric Ripley, director of career and technical education with Grand Forks Public Schools. “In an area with a population of just over 100,000 people, this number is significant.”
True North Equipment Vice President John Oncken is an event presenter and his company exhibits as well. “This is a really positive event. I look at the spectrum of what we see with other companies coming into the realm of technology and precision ag and the career path these individuals have in every capacity. It all navigates into a new level. “I’m happy to see students come up to me and ask how they can get connected. It’s a different level of education and interest and savvy to go into ag technology career paths,” he said.
Montana DeNault is a Grafton High School student who started working at True North’s Grafton location after meeting them at the 2012 Expo. “I wouldn’t be working for True North if I wouldn’t have met Jesse. I really believe this Expo is a very good source of information for young people. I believe it’s a really good learning experience,” he said.
The next Northern Valley Career Expo is Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.