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Idaho-Lewis County Career Expo 2013

2013 Idaho-Lewis County Career Expo

The Second Annual Idaho-Lewis County Career Expo was a great success!

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, the Idaho Lewis County Partners hosted the Second Annual Idaho-Lewis County Career Expo at the Idaho County Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, ID.

            Four hundred high school students attended the Career Expo from Clearwater Valley, Grangeville, Kamiah, Nezperce and Prairie high schools and Summit Academy.  Employers captured the attention of the students with great hands-on exhibits like the Idaho Transportation Department’s snow plow simulator, a Waratah feller head simulator (modern forestry tool), a Marine chin-up bar, a frontend loader, law enforcement tactical gear, and currency counters, just to name a few.  There were 37 exhibitors registered but the Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Idaho Army National Guard were unable to attend due to the government shutdown. 

Students began the day with a general assembly where they were given bags from St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics that included an event program, local career catalog, job seeking materials from the Idaho Department of Labor and the students learned what was expected of them for the day.  The schools were split into teams and took turns visiting the three exhibit areas and attending the educational breakout session hosted by Syringa Hospital on “Careers in Health Care.”  After lunch, students ended the day by turning in an event survey along with proof they visited at least 20 exhibits for a chance to win prizes donated by Inland Cellular.

“The exhibitors did a wonderful job of showcasing what employers are in the two counties,” said organizer Melisa Bryant of Ida-Lew EDC.  “Local employers from across Idaho and Lewis counties took time to talk with students about what career opportunities they have and what secondary and post secondary education will help the students be successful in going to work for them.  The Career Expo is meant to show local high school students the many different careers that local employers have.  Students always seem surprised to learn that careers like Sales and Marketing Director, Product Development Engineer, Certified Public Accountant, Network Administrator, Machinist, Air Plane Mechanic, Evidence Technician, Biologist, Project Manager and Chief Executive Officer are available here!”

            One of the event’s highlights was that, through a partnership between Gem Chain Bar and Idaho Forest Group, Waratah Forestry Attachments joined this year’s exhibitors with a feller head simulator. (A feller head is mechanical cutting attachment used in logging.)  By visiting the simulator, students had a hands-on experience with complex logging equipment operator controls assisted by an on-board computer that optimizes programs and electronic controls.  Gem Chain Bar locally manufactures the 3/4 pitch guide bars, drive sprockets, and sprocket tips that are used in Waratah Forestry Attachments products like feller head machinery.  The Idaho Forest Group Grangeville sawmill processes the lumber harvested by local logging companies utilizing Waratah feller heads.  By learning about the connection between these three companies, students were exposed to multiple facets of the modern forestry industry.  Students learned from all three exhibitors that modern forestry is both high tech and challenging.

Wireless internet service for event exhibitors was provided courtesty of major event sponsor First Step Internet.  The excellent connectivity and high speed internet made a big difference this year.  Thank you First Step!

Returning to this year's event were the wonderful Idaho-Lewis County Cattle Assocation who cooked lunch for all of the students, volunteers, teachers, school staff, and exhibitors.  The Idaho-Lewis County Career Expo will be providing $75 towards the Cattleman's scholarship fund.  Thank you Cattlemen!

Several members of the Idaho Lewis County Partners agreed to serve on this year's Career Expo Committee.  Thank you for all of your help to make the event a big success - Sara Espeland (Idaho Department of Labor), Kim Johnson (Hillco Technologies), Laurie Bailey & Trudie Johnson (Idaho Forest Group), Sandy Mader (Sterling Bank), Carla Wilkins (LCSC Outreach Center), and Kim Peterson (Gem Chain Bar / Aqua Jet Custom)

A huge Thank You to Steve Lamont and Gem Builders for bringing your forklift to the fairgrounds to unload and load the heavy equipment like Anderson Aeromotive's engine cutaway and the Waratah simulator!  Gracious acts of kindness like this make the event possible.

A huge Thank You to our sponsors:

Career Expo 2013 Sponsors



Advanced Welding and Steel

Anderson Aeromotive

Army Corps of Engineers (unable to attend due to federal budget issues)


Bureau of Land Management (unable to attend due to federal budget issues)

Gem Chain Bar / Aqua Jet Custom

Gortsema Motors

Grangeville and Cottonwood Police Departments

Hillco Technologies

Idaho Army National Guard (unable to attend due to federal budget issues)

Idaho County Free Press

Idaho County Light and Power

Idaho County Sheriff’s Department

Idaho Department of Labor

Idaho Fish and Game

Idaho Forest Group

Idaho Parks and Recreation

Idaho Transportation Department

Idaho Youth ChalleNGe

Inland Cellular

J.C. Uhling Products Company

Lewis Clark State College

Mountain View Dentistry

North Idaho Correctional Institution

Opportunities Unlimited

Pine Tree CCU

Potlatch No. 1 Federal CU

Salmon Rapids Lodge

Salmon River Helicopters (unable to attend due to last minute scheduling conflict)

St. John’s Hardware and Implement

St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics

Super 8 Motel

Syringa Hospital and Clinics

University of Idaho

US Bank

US Marine Corps

Vocational Rehabilitation

Waratah Forestry Attachments

Anderson Aeromotive  Waratah Forestry Attachments

Idaho Transportation Department

You can view more photos online via our Facebook page - PHOTOS

This year's agenda:

2013 Career Expo Agenda


Last modified on Monday, 27 October 2014 10:26

Contact Info

for assistance please contact:

Ida-Lew Economic Development


Phone: 208.983.8302


300 W. Main St. Ste 201

Grangeville, ID 83530


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