They hear from more than 60 local/area career representatives, make valuable connections, check out UMC campus

    Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee on Thursday hosted over 420 area high school juniors and staff and over 60 local and area business speakers at the University of Minnesota Crookston for their annual Career Day.

     Students and guests were greeted by keynote speaker Dillon Fenno, owner of Synergy Nutrition Club and the new Synergy Center in downtown Crookston. Amanda Lien, executive director of the Chamber & Visitors Bureau, and Michelle Christopherson, UMC director of admissions, also greeted the students who filled Kiehle Auditorium.

    Students were then able to select from 25 different occupational groups ranging from Fine Arts & Design to Aviation, Education, Law & Politics, Communications, Golf & Turf Management, and newly added UAS & Drones. Students heard from speakers in each field about the work and training required to continue a pursuit in that career. It was an opportunity for students to make connections locally and in the region, hear from business professionals, and to showcase Crookston’s U of M campus.

    On behalf of the Chamber Education Committee, Lien offered up thanks to the University of Minnesota Crookston, Career Development, Counseling Services, the Office of Admissions team, Sodexo, the Coca-Cola Fund Grant, Walmart Grant, the 11 attending schools, and all of the speakers for their time sharing with the students.

     Chamber Education Committee members include Nan Thurston, Tom Anderson, Jason Brantner, Ardell Knudsvig, Jason Tangquist, Shannon Stassen, Megan Benoit, Lorna Hollowell, Jennifer Tate, Amanda Lien, and Nataki Morris.

     Attending schools were Climax-Shelly, Crookston, Fisher, Goodridge, Greenbush Middle River, Marshall County Central, Norman County West, Sacred Heart, Stephen Argyle, Lincoln, and Tri-County.