Manti High School and Gunnison Valley High School students participated in career fairs last week, designed to give students an idea of career opportunities once they’re finished with high school.
The event was put together by Lori Miller, who is the work-based learning coordinator for the two high schools. She lined up 28 businesses and organizations to be a part of the fair. Many of the businesses were based in Sanpete County, but others had a statewide focus.
As part of her role with the district, Miller works with high school students who are doing internships while in high school. She said the South Sanpete School District is “awesome” at giving students opportunities in the career world, she said.
The fairs at the two high schools were set up differently. At both fairs, students were given a list of businesses with information about each business.
The Manti High School career fair took place Thursday, March 10 from 9-11 a.m. The fair in Gunnison was held the same day from 1-3 p.m.
At Manti High School, students selected three businesses and went to classrooms to hear lecture-style presentations by the business owners or representatives.
At Gunnison Valley High School, the businesses were set up at tables in the gymnasium. Students walked up and talked to the businesses of their choice.
On the day following the fair, students were asked to fill out a survey about the businesses they visited with and what they learned.
Employers that participated included ACT Aerospace, Christensen Arms, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Gunnison Valley Hospital, Snow College, Utah State Parks, Utah Valley University Police Academy, U.S. Army Reserves and Utah Department of Transportation.