On Nov. 1, Battle Mountain’s Civic Center and Battle Mountain High School (BMHS) held a career fair for students. Several colleges and companies attended, helping local youth explore some career options they might want to pursue.
BMHS counselor Kendra Allen coordinated the career fair and contacted the recruiters. Career fair booths included each military branch, Nevada Highway Patrol, Newmont and Barrick Mining corporations. Several colleges were represented as well, including the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Nevada, Reno, Great Basin Community College and Boise State University.
“We have been doing the career fair for a while, but Ely, Humboldt and Pershing Counties worked with us to set it up together so the businesses can attend at the same time. It gives the students an idea of the career options out there,” Allan said. “A military career is an option or they can go to a trade school. The career fair will help them discover their options.”
Students mingled with the schools and businesses. While learning about each option, they received information packets and promotional items like fidget spinners and stickers. The military branches arrived at the career fair in full uniform and explained the opportunities that military service can provide for students right out of high school.
Each class filed into the building in sections on a field trip from regular courses. Students were not the only ones allowed to visit the career fair either. It was also open for community members to attend. Local companies in mining, law enforcement and wildlife informed visitors of positions currently available.
Over 35 businesses and schools were represented at the career fair, thanks to the coordination between the school districts in northern Nevada. Allen was happy with the turnout and felt the event was a successful one.