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Young workers highly sought-after at Flathead HS Career Fair

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"We need young people in the industry," said Dudley's Trees Inc. owner Dudley Marburger. "We need young people in the industry," said Dudley's Trees Inc. owner Dudley Marburger.
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Many teens have no idea what they want to be when they grow up. That's why dozens of area businesses and local professionals were at Flathead High School today to offer guidance at a career fair. 

Juniper Isaak is a freshman at Flathead High School, and though she might not know it, she's a very wanted young woman.

"We need young people in the industry," said Dudley's Trees Inc. owner Dudley Marburger. "The green industry is huge. You've got Weyerhauser, you've got Plum Creek, you've got artificial plants, you've got wood, it's a massive industry."

The career fair gives Marburger a chance to grow his business.

Speaking of growth, Business and Tech Teacher Sue Cheff says these career fairs are a perfect chance for kids like Juniper to expand on their career options.

"It's great for the freshman to be able to look at these different careers and be able to explore them because it can help them choose what they want to as far as elective classes their junior and senior year," Cheff said. "They kind of get a free education. Is this something I really want to do before spending thousands of dollars on college."

Those heading out of the job fair and into the job market are likely to find jobs in manufacturing and healthcare, which according to the Labor Department are making gains nationwide."

Cheff says compared to last year's fair, this year about 20-percent more students selected manufacturing and technology jobs as what they're most interested in.

Juniper is just 15 and is looking for that first job. But this 15-year-old leaves the career fair Wednesday knowing she has options, and job market that is looking for new workers, just like her.  

"I need something to do over the summer, and I think the more exposure I get the more I'll be able to figure out what I want to do," Juniper said. 

This was the 10th year Flathead High has hosted the career Fair. Glacier High School also held a career fair in December.
Cheff says compared to last year's fair, this year about 20-percent more students selected manufacturing and technology jobs as what they're most interested in.

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