Coming home for a career: job fair coming to high school

NEWLY-APPOINTED EDA MEMBER and Tracy Mayor Anthony Dimmers (far right) makes a point during last Wednesday’s EDA meeting as EDA Chairman Dennis Fultz, and board members Sis Beierman and George Landuyt listen. Photos / Per Peterson

“Careers 2 Come Home to.” That’s the theme of the upcoming first-of-its-kind job fair at Tracy Area High School.

The purpose of the February event is to show sophomores, juniors and seniors at TAHS all the opportunities Tracy and the local area have to offer them after they complete their college courses.

“I am getting an unbelievable response on this,” said EDA Director Jeff Carpenter. “This was going to be small — we were going to have five or six of the larger employers here in Tracy, and Ralco was going to come over for trū Shrimp, but it’s turned into 15, and I just got another one (Wednesday) morning.”

The event is slated for Feb. 19, from noon-3 p.m. Each of the three grades will have an hour to walk through the myriad booths at the fair.

“Sanford is going to be there, Prairie View is going to be there, Chasing Our Tails is going to be there,” Carpenter said. “The school will have something for teachers, DeSmet Welding will be there. I’m working with the counselor, the principal and the superintendent.”

Carpenter brought the idea to the school district two years ago when he started with the EDA.

Carpenter said a former Tracy Area High School graduate has agreed to pay for all the marketing that will go into the event. Students will receive a flier they can bring home with them; fliers will also be distributed around town.

“It’s important to be able to give 15- 16-, 17-year olds an opportunity to look at careers they can bring back to Tracy,” Carpenter said.

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