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Students Prepare for Future

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Area high school students took a day off classes today to ponder their future.

The North Central Education Cooperative and Dakota College at Bottineau hosted more than

200 juniors and seniors for a day devoted to career choices.

The College and Career Fair included several universities and colleges and about two dozen career fields.

Students from places like Bottineau, Westhope, Rugby, and Sawyer wandered around the displays in the morning, and hear presentation on things like financial aid, street management, and credit card tips in the afternoon.

(Cynthia Jelleberg, North Central Education Cooperative)"We know with research that the earlier we can engage students with their future ideas, the better off they're going to be because really the course work they're going to take will determine what job opportunities they'll have. So we want to get that information to them as soon as we possibly can."

One popular booth featured information and hands-on displays related to a growing field of work - information technology.

(Wade Kadrmas, Career and Technical Education)"It's fantastic because it gives us a chance for the kids to come and actually put their hands on some computer parts if they want and just get a taste of it."

Kadrmas says one negative in information technology is that some smaller schools are not offering I-T courses to their kids, leaving them at a disadvantage in the world of computer-related careers.

But he says his group is trying to change that and make I-T classes available to all students.

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