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Job/education expo attracts hundreds

Mary Park (from left), Abbie Underwood and Kayla Karason learn about post-secondary professional cooking programs. The three Grade 10 students from Timberline Secondary were checking out the free Education & Industry Expo held last Friday in the school gym. - Paul Rudan/Campbell River Mirror
Mary Park (from left), Abbie Underwood and Kayla Karason learn about post-secondary professional cooking programs. The three Grade 10 students from Timberline Secondary were checking out the free Education & Industry Expo held last Friday in the school gym.
— image credit: Paul Rudan/Campbell River Mirror

The Timberline gymnasium was turned into a smorgasbord of opportunity last Friday during the Education & Industry Expo.

Hundreds of North Island students and others made their around the gym investigating the different types of jobs, careers and education available to them once they leave high school.

“Our hope is to inspire students to start thinking about their interests and strengths, and to possibly consider careers in trades and technology – if that is where their interests lie,” says Nevenka Fair, assistant superintendent for the Campbell River school district.

The free expo was a joint venture between School District 72 and North Island College, and featured more than 30 exhibiters.

Students and community members explored locally-available trades and technology education opportunities, met with program instructors, and visited the trade shops including carpentry, industrial automation, robotics, welding, automotive, heavy duty mechanics, metal jewelry design, aircraft structures, hair styling and more.

“Our regional economy is growing and we have the tools to get you into the right career,” says Patricia Rokosh, the college’s Dean of Trades and Technology.

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