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Your FIT set Tuesday at Irving Middle School

April 27, 2019 GMT

Your Future in Technology, or YourFIT, is returning to Pocatello on Tuesday at Irving Middle School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

A Technology Career Expo will be held for eighth-graders at 1:30 p.m. in the school with the ISU College of Technology (COT). This is a new approach intended to engage students when they make career choices.

Another expo will be that day held in Irving Middle school classrooms and gym at 5:30 p.m. with regional high-tech companies and COT. Students in the 7th and 8th grades, their parents and the public should attend.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to host this event for our learners,” said Amy Bowie, principal of Irving Middle School. ’We are beginning to see their excitement as they learn about the training available to prepare them for post-secondary career opportunities. These programs allow students to build confidence in their ability to attain a career that matches their skills and interests.”

The Technology Career Expos will demonstrate High-Tech, High-Wage, High- Demand careers and training available now in various technology fields.

Career paths highlighted during the event include welding, instrumentation/control technology, electrical engineering technology, machining, maintenance engineers/mechanics, information technology/cyber security, unmanned aerial systems (drones) and diesel mechanics. These positions are in high demand in the region and pay very well.

Free pizza, drinks and cookies are available for every event attendee. There will be drawings for smart tablets, drones, T-shirts, hoodies and other prizes. Two $500 scholarships to ISU’s College of Technology will be given to participating high school counseling departments to award to one female and one male student in their high school.

Participating middle and high school students can enter the drawings by filling out surveys during the event. Completed surveys are submitted for entry in the drawings.

Scott Rasmussen, dean of ISU’s College of Technology, said, “Students can come to the College of Technology and in two years get the skills they need to go out and get a great job. For most all the jobs in the YourFIT program, the College of Technology has 100 percent placement. If you want a job, you’re going to get a job.”

Many great employers will exhibit at YourFIT. In addition to the College of Technology they include Idaho National Laboratory, Williams Pipeline, Peterson Manufacturing, Premier Technology, Century Link, Direct Communications, Bayer, Simplot, Driscoll Farms and Idaho Power.

For more information on the program visit http://www.yourfitidaho.org/ and view our video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/woMBT_50cAY