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PABLO — The parking lot was crowded on Feb. 19 at the Joe McDonald Health and Wellness Center on Salish Kootenai College campus. Lots of vehicles predicted good attendance at the SKC job fair, hosted by Salish Kootenai College and Lake County Job Service.  

Todd Erickson, Lake County Job Service, and Chris Strom, SKC program coordinator, were pleased with the turnout.

Lennie Webster, administrative assistant at the Career Center, said Charlo, Two Eagle River, Mission Valley Christian Academy, and Ronan high school students attended as well as SKC students considering career choices and other people looking to make a career change.

Webster also said all 400 of the prepared booklets were handed out during the fair, so she thought between 450 and 500 people attended.

The SKC Career Center held student workshops on resume writing, preparing for the job fair and what employers want prior to the job fair.

“We tell the kids to bring resumes to the fair,” Strom said, “but students are reporting that most companies want electronic resumes so we’ll have to change that.”

SKC student Sasha Rivers questioned Roian Matt and James Morigeau, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire, about summer jobs with the department.

At the Bureau of Land Management table, wildlife biologist Jim Sparks brought along a stuffed young beaver to stimulate conversation. 

Sparks said the BLM offers two summer internships through Salish Kootenai College, one natural resource internship with an emphasis on wildlife and one cultural resources internship. The three-month internships begin at the end of spring quarter and end in the fall, when school begins.

SKC Student Support Services Director Tracie McDonald and her crew sponsored a table on scholarships, showing students what’s available to them and how to apply.

“There is a nice representation of governmental and private sector vendors and a good diversity of attendees,” Erickson said.

 

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