Showcase registration open for 4th annual expo

Exhibitor registration is now open for the 4th annual Northern Valley Career Expo, a career awareness event that draws 1,500 high school students from 27 high schools in Northeast North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.

In addition to attending career seminars, led by area professionals in 22 different fields, students tour a showcase floor where businesses have hands-on exhibits designed to engage students and demonstrate skills necessary to become future employees. This year’s expo is Nov. 4 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

The Expo is designed to educate high school sophomores who are starting career planning about opportunities available with Northern Red River Valley employers.

In a survey of students who have attended past expos, 77 percent say Expo has increased their interest to pursue a career in the region.

“This Expo is one way we are working to address the prevalent need to retain youth in the region to meet our growing workforce demands,” said Grand Forks Region EDC Vice President Keith Lund. “Broad involvement of our northern Red River Valley companies is key to the event’s success in highlighting the diverse opportunities students will find in the Northern Valley.”

Sectors represented through business and industry exhibits include human services, communications, business, health sciences, manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, and technology, as well as post-secondary schools with related programs.

The annual event is organized by a committee representing education, economic development, and workforce organizations in Northeast North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.

For more information contact Lund at 746-2720.

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