Over 40 high school students and parents attended the first-ever "Where Are the Welders?" Instructional Forum and Career Fair held at the Spencer High School Industrial Tech building in Spencer on Nov. 10. The three hour event showed students in Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties the career possibilities in industrial technology.
"What a great way for area employers to connect with Corridor students who have a passion for welding as well as metal fabrication and machining," said Shaun Arneson, Vice President, Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation.
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation hosted the Instructional Forum and Career Fair which provided students an opportunity to hear from welding instructors, employers and local manufacturers sharing their insight on the welding and fabrication industry.
Over 12 area employers were involved with the event.
Demonstrations held included a Wire Weld Demo by John Tatman, Maurer Manufacturing and Chris McKay, Airgas North Central as well as a Robotic Weld Demo by Northwest Iowa Community College.
Guest speakers included Jeff Merryman of Employment Connections, Inc., who spoke on the topic of "Job Seeking Skills", Jamie Slipke of Rosenboom Machine & Tool, Inc., presented "Welding as a Career" and Jeff Steiner, of Polaris Industries, Inc. discussed and demonstrated "Welding Technologies and Automation."
The "Where Are the Welders?" Instructional Forum and Career Fair is part of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation's workforce initiative. Other workforce endeavors by the Corridor are the Internship Development 101 workshop for area employers, the Workforce Advisory Council, and the Live, Work, Play Here Relay.