On Monday, Jan. 28, the Montevideo High school Career and Technical Education Teachers will be presenting a Trade Fair Open House from 6-8 p.m. the Montevideo Middle School Commons.

On Monday, Jan. 28, the Montevideo High school Career and Technical Education Teachers will be presenting a Trade Fair Open House from 6-8 p.m. the Montevideo Middle School Commons. The trade fair is mainly for students in grades 8-12 and their parents, but others are welcome to attend as well.

The purpose of the trade fair is to shine a spotlight on the local and nationwide shortage of students choosing careers in technical trades and the need to fill the ever-increasing number of unfilled positions in those trades.

Brian Albers, Technical Education teacher at MHS said: “The whole idea is to get parents and students looking at career options.”

According to Albers, 17 out of 20 of the hottest careers in the job market require a technical degree. “What we will be doing at the trade fair is providing information for parents and students about changing trends in the job market.”

So far, a large number of businesses and technical schools have signed up to be at the event, with more expected to come on board.

Fifteen technical college programs will be represented, and among the colleges attending will be Dunwoody Technical Col­lege, Alexandria Technical College, and Minnesota West.

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