The Wolfeboro Police Department's K9 Riggs, receives all the admiration a dog could want during the Career Fair at the Lakes Region Technology Center. His handler, Sgt. Michael Strauch, looks on. (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
February 20, 2019WOLFEBORO — The 36th annual Career Fair, hosted by the Lakes Region Technology Center and Kingswood Regional High School on Feb. 12 was a success by any measure. Students and teachers from the Middle and High schools streamed down the indoor stairway and into the Lakes Region Technology Center lobby where they began a journey through the center aisle lined on either side with around thirty participating businesses, colleges and nonprofits.
KRHS Guidance Counselor Sheila Foley looked on with pleasure at the number of attendees making their way through the crowd to examine the exhibits and talk to vendors. Kathy Tetreault, the staff member in charge of Career Technical Education Student Services, also marvelled at what she said appeared to be the best attended Career Fair yet. She credited Foley for setting up "the entire event" by reaching out to each person and following up with them to ensure their participation.
Employers were there to talk to students and teachers about the skills necessary for employment in their respective fields, from engineering and health care to precision manufacturing and other trades. Financial and business related professionals were represented, too, offering students the opportunity to ask questions, as were local and state law enforcement agencies and representatives of the armed services.
Tetreault called attention to the students who played host and demonstrated skills. The Agricultural Science students offered boutonnieres they made for the occasion, the Hospitality Program students set the area up, greeted vendors and set aside a "Green Room" to address any needs. And the Culinary Arts students demonstrated their ice carving skills as they put the finishing touches on an ice sculpture they created for the annual Valentine's Day dinner in the Skylight Dining Room.
Attendees could have their blood pressure checked by Health Science students – happy to share and practice their skills, and further down the hallway, Construction Trades students demonstrated equipment they have learned to use, such as metal cutting, and in the Auto Repair shop, visitors could spin lugs under student supervision.
In addition, Brian Laing, Financial Advisor from Edward Jones, spoke as part of the center's My Career, My Future Series, hosted by Ms. Carrie Duran, who commented that his lecture was the best attended lecture in the series by far.
Participants included Circle K - Irving (Ossipee), Citizens Bank, Department Of Corrections, FedEx, From Scratch Baking Company, Great Bay Community College, Hannaford Supermarket (Ossipee), HEB Engineers (Civil, Structural, Surveying), Hope House, Huggins Hospital, In Good Hands, PLLC, IT Department at Kingswood, Lakes Region Community College, Lakeview Inn / Inn on Main, Lucas Roasting Company, Mary Kay (Independent Consultant), MEP: Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Michael's School of Hair Design & Esthetics, and Mitee-Bite.
The list continues: Mount Washington Valley Regional Collaboration, NH Works, Norway Plains Survey Associates Inc. (Engineering), Ossipee Police Department, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Pratt and Whitney, PSI Molded Plastics (formerly Gi Plastek), Safran Aerospace Composites, Seven Suns, Stay Work and Play in NH, The Laker, The Wolfeboro Inn, Thursty Water Systems, Tractor Supply, Turbocam, Tyler Reed Construction, US Army, US Marine Corp., White Mountain Community College, Windrifter Resort, Wolfeboro Area Children's Center, Wolfeboro Community TV, Wolfeboro Bay Rehabilitation Center, Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation, the Wolfeboro Police Department, and the Wolfeboro Trolley Company.