SIDNEY — The third annual Sidney High School Career & College Fair attracted more than 700 students and community members, May 3, at the school.
Seventy-five booths and displays were there, representing more than 50 employers, five military branches, 14 colleges and continuing education programs and six community organizations.
Mary Ellen Buechter, Career Based Invervention Program instructor and coordinator of the event, was very pleased with the turnout.
“Our local employers spoke with many students and some were hired on the spot,” she said. “Many businesses were glad they could share information about their company with the students and anticipate employing some of them this summer. One employer stated that if he could hire one great employee from the many he interviewed, it would be a huge bonus for his company and he thanked Sidney High School for giving his business this opportunity.”
Some presenters were creative with their displays, bringing gear, equipment and other interactive elements to engage the students.
The Army had push-up contests, which students loved. Rising Sun Express brought a brand new semi-trailer rig and gave tours. ODOT brought a plow truck.
Sidney Fire Department Deputy Chief Cameron Haller showed students how to administer an Epi pen injection. He also had the students wear the impaired goggles so they could see how it felt to be under the influence.
Buechter shared that all of the participating presenters completed an exit survey and indicated they would be back for the 2019 Fair.
The Career & College Fair is sponsored each year by the Career Based Intervention Program, the Workforce Partnership and Sidney City Schools.
Those interested in participating in the Career & College Fair next year can mark their calendars for May 2, 2019.