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Exploring future possibilities

March 29, 2018

SPEARFISH — The Spearfish High School Career and Job Fair expanded this year to include sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and the students checked out booths staffed by various area businesses and organizations Wednesday.

“Encouraging students to explore careers they are interested in is a key way to demonstrate the relevance or non-relevance of a college degree,” Melissa Barth, executive director of the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the fair, said in an email prior to the event. “A career fair raises awareness about different careers by connecting students with many different professions. These connections give community members a chance to share their expertise with students. Students that learn by example excel when … real-life professionals share about their careers. This opportunity is an excellent way to help connect learning to life and keep students engaged in school.”

High School Principal Steve Morford described that high school students are continually in the thought process of, “What am I going to do in the future?”

“For most, that changes quite often. This opportunity gives each an up close look at what certain jobs may entail, items we can’t teach in class,” he said. “This resource also allows each student to discover which employees may be hiring and what the future in that field looks like and what it takes to be successful in the given occupation.”

Morford added that the fair can reassure a student that they are headed in the right direction with courses offered at the high school.

“It may also convince a student that the future job is not for them,” he said. “Most of all, this opportunity allows students the opportunity to ask questions from those who know, those who are in the field day in and day out.”

Morford added his thanks to the Spearfish Foundation for Public Education and the chamber of commerce for providing the opportunity to the students, and he also thanked all the business people who volunteered their valuable time.

“We are extremely lucky to have that positive relationship with our business community,” he said. “Their investment in out youth is immeasurable.”

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