Strong Turnout at First 218 Trades Expo

Updated: October 08, 2019 06:25 PM

Hammering a nail isn't as easy as it looks. And students from 22 different school districts tried their hand at it, during the first 218 Trades Expo in Eveleth at the curling club on Tuesday. 

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Trade unions, employers, and schools all put their best foot forward, to give the students an idea of what it's really like. The goal is to get them exposed to the opportunities out there.

Ulland Brothers had a booth. Jordan Moser, a superintendent with the company, said, "With all the baby-boomers retiring, it's really important to have people coming in."

Some kids have an idea of what they like already. Others are just testing everything out. Jordan Makela, a junior from Virginia, said, "I think driving the big machinery would be interesting, and understanding the mechanics of it all."

Abby Smith, a senior from Little Fork-Big Falls, doesn't know what she wants to do yet. "Mostly I wanted to see what Minnesota has to offer in terms of jobs. I like learning about the roofing opportunities."

New this year at the event was a professional photography company, which took pictures of each school group as they came in. "Pictures are powerful.  People can share this instantly, and spread the word about the trades," explained photographer Paul Pluskwik from P/K Images.

The expo is also open to the public from 4-7pm.

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