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'High School Job Fair and Money Matters' set for Saturday

Whether interviewing for summer jobs, polishing their job search skills or learning about managing finances, area students will have the chance to plan for their future at the "High School Job Fair and Money Matters" event Saturday in Bemidji.

The free event -- designed for current eighth-graders to high school seniors -- will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bemidji High School. It is sponsored by Bemidji Community Education and the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bemidji Community Education Director Karen Manske said students will have the opportunity to stop by information booths set up by area businesses and organizations in the BHS Commons. Some employers, she said, will accept applications and conduct interviews on the spot for summer jobs.

The event will also feature several half-hour break-out sessions, ranging from "Résumé Writing and Completing Job Applications" to "Buying a Car?" to "Top 10 Time Wasters" to "Dos and Don'ts for Interviews." Students will also be able to explore the BHS Career Center.

Manske said the event is designed to help teenagers learn the best way to find and apply for jobs and learn about the realities of the cost of living, as well as plan for their future.

This is the first year the event is being held, Manske added.

She said the idea for the event began to take shape about a year ago when the Bemidji Community Education Advisory Council discussed holding a summer job fair for students. The business community, she said, expressed interest in helping students learn how to fill out job applications and interview for jobs. Then, she said, the Advisory Council decided to add a focus on finances.

"And so it grew again," Manske said.

Students attending the "High School Job Fair and Money Matters" event will receive a coupon for one free slice of pizza. Students can purchase additional slices of pizza for $1 each.

For more details or to include a booth at the event, call Manske at 333-3100, extension 311.