The second annual “Career Here” event took place on Thursday, September 19th this year in the Redfield Armory. It was a warm and sunny day for the event, which was held for area high school students to become informed about career options close to home. Local businesses set up booths and brought samples of their work. Approximately 250 students from Redfield, Hitchcock/Tulare, Northwestern, Wolsey/Wessington and Miller attended the event.
While checking out various booths, a popular stop for students was the Lake Area Tech Heavy Equipment Operator simulator, which was obtained by Lake Area Tech in April of this year. Redfield was the first place where the simulator has been on display for high schoolers. The simulator has both manual and automatic options, creates a simulated reality for students on-screen.
Another popular site for students was Lake Area Tech’s robots and 3D printing machines, which were presented by LATI students, Brady Klemm and Dalton Degreef.
Local businesses that were represented at the event included Muth Electric, Agtegra, FSA, NRCS, Heartland Financial, Heartland State Bank, CMH, Redfield Clinic, RDO, Redfield Energy, Titan Machinery, True North Steel, SD Department of Labor, Horizontal Machining and Manufacturing, Inc., Midstates Inc., Faulkton Area Medical Center, Dakotaland, Northern Electric, Gillette Law, 3M, SDDC, Precision Soil, Aflac, Burdick Bros and the City of Miller. Technical school programs that were represented included the Build Dakota Scholarship, and Lake Area Tech’s HEO simulator, cosmetology and dental assisting. Other technical school programs included Mitchell Tech’s generals, power sports, LPN, electrical construction and welding.
Guest speakers were Cooper Bebo, a small business owner from Redfield who now lives and works in Miller, Paula Jensen of Dakota Resources and Kristen Kochekian of the Gillette Law office.
The Career Here Committee this year included Margot Gillette, Cooper Bebo, Kendra Becker, Andrea Knoll, Heidi Appel, Amy Hofer, Samantha Noethlich, Paula Jensen, Kecia Beranek, Gianna Lantero, and Julie Stevenson. A free lunch was provided by Auntie Mimi’s Farmhouse Kitchen.