When I went to talk to Delano High School Principal Steve Heil about the Delano SciTech Showcase recently, I didn’t know much about it.
I had, however, heard that the inaugural event had been well-attended by students during the school day, but that the crowd dropped off drastically for the session beginning at 4 p.m.
I asked Heil why that was.
“They said they didn’t participate because they thought it was like a giant science fair,” he said.
Despite having “Sci” in its name, SciTech is about much more than science.
Yes, there will be science-related exhibits. But, there will also be math, engineering, and arts displays. And that’s just the student exhibit portion of the event.
But SciTech is for more than just students. It’s for the whole community, especially those looking for a job or considering different career options.
At least 22 businesses have been confirmed for the event.
Many of these businesses are hiring. Others may not be hiring now, but will be hiring in the future and their representatives would be glad to give a glimpse into their industry and tips for those looking to enter it.
The categories they cover are vast: manufacturing, trucking, engineering, construction, machining, clerical, carpentry, advertising and marketing, landscaping, massage, fitness, finance, television, and law enforcement.
Experts from all those fields will be in one place Thursday: the Tiger Activity Center at Delano High School.
Even if you’re not ready to apply for a job at one of those businesses, why not rack their brains about the ins and outs of their industry?
Once you learn what businesses right here have to offer, you may also discover that a degree, certificate, or training is needed to work for those companies.
That’s where the college fair portion of the event will come in handy.
About 20 higher education partners will be available to talk about their training and degree offerings.
These institutions range from military entities, to technical schools, to four-year universities. Together, they provide education and training for hundreds of different careers.
Having such a mix of employers and educators in one place is not something we should take for granted.
Delano is fortunate enough to have this opportunity once a year, but it’s not the norm everywhere.
Delano also has a great mix of employers, many of which are hiring.
This follows the trend in the Twin Cities area and the state as a whole.
The Star Tribune recently reported the Twin Cities area has one job vacancy for every unemployed worker and the state has only slightly fewer openings than unemployed people.
Now is as good of a time as ever to look into a new career and I can’t think of a better place to get started than SciTech.
I hope to see you at the Tiger Activity Center Thursday for SciTech and again Saturday for the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce business expo.
Both offer great opportunities to better get to know the businesses that help make this community great.
And, who knows? You may just get a new job out of the deal.