Next Salmon Meeting

Date: September 18, 2011

Time: 9:00am to 10:30am

To Be Held At:
Salmon Valley Business & Innovation Center
803 Monroe Street
Salmon, Idaho 83467

Wayne Talmadge

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Career Expo's

In 2008, RIOP organized the first Career Expo that was held at the Salmon High School. Students from around the region were invited to partricipate along with university recruiters and business leadiers. Students were exposed to a variety of career opportunities ranging from science and engineering to manufacturing and fabrication. The event proved to be a success, drawing hundreds of current and former students from several districts.

"We wanted to create and event for the students in the cummunities to find information about higher education and protential careers because many times they don't have access to it and toher way," said Merry Logan, manager of the Department of Labor's Salmon office.

Following the success of that first years event, the Career Expo was moved to the Lemhi County Fairgrounds to provide more space for exhibitors, displayss and students. The event continues to be a successful as students, parents and teachers from across the region and two states (Idaho and Wyoming) converge on the fairgrounds for a full day of learning, exploration and competition.

Over the years local professionals ranging from electricians to veterinarians joined recruiters from seven colleges, Idaho State University, the College of Southern Idaho and the ITT Technical Institute. The National Guard thunders into town with Blackhawk and Apache helicopters and the US Forest Service demonstrates aerial rapplelling from wildland firefighting helicopters.

Volunteer emergency service memebers display specialized emergency medical vehicles, while heavy equipment operators from local construction companies and Lemhi Road and Bridge Department demonstrat how machinery and mathematics are used to level and grade a parking lots and pour concrete. Dozens of other businesses line the exhibit hall for the chance to speak to students about career and trade opportunities in a wide range of fields.

In addition to the demonstrations and exhibits, students from area high schools are challenged by RIOP to design and build a trebuchet then compete against each other by "tossing" objects for distance and accuracy. These structures are built on a budget of less than $250 each and demonstrated before and a large crowd of cheering onlookers.

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and serveral other state dignitaries have attended these events and watched the competitions. The winning team is then awarded a $5,000 prize by Premiere Technology to be used to enhance programming at the winning teams school.