Approximately 820 students attended an All Skills Career Day, May 1. Part job fair, part interactive exhibit, the event included 60 area businesses including Monarch Paving, Berghammer Builders, Workforce Resource, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Brandtjen & Kluge foil stamping and die cutting, NEI Electric, Lake Country Dairy, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Pine Tech, Polk-Burnett Electric and Xcel Energy.
At the exhibits, students laid bricks, watched demonstrations and donned firefighting gear before crawling through a maze to simulate a fire.
Doing work at the site, Monarch gave students a behind-the-scenes glimpse of machinery at work while improving the Polk County Fairgrounds.
“There were areas of concern that needed updating at the fair grounds,” explained Bonnie Fredrickson of Polk County Workforce Resource. “Monarch’s donation of labor, equipment and materials not only benefited the students seeing the work being performed first hand but also the fairgrounds.”
Berghammer had the students laying bricks and Workforce Resource offered students information about educational training and employment programs.
North Valley Lutheran Church of Centuria served a meal to exhibitors and staff.
“We want this to be a community event that helps others as well as the students learning about the different careers,” Fredrickson said. “We had a number of volunteers to assist wherever needed.”