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Inver Grove Heights Armory hosts Military Job Fair for High School Students

Minnesota National Guard INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn- Students from Eagan and Simley High Schools were invited to a special job fair that showcased career fields offered within Minnesota's Army National Guard Hosted by the recruiting team and staffed by experts in each military occupational specialty, students were given a firsthand look at what Soldiers do in their profession Five stations were set up including: Aviation, Military Band, Communications, Military Police and a weapons display Students broke into groups to receive presentations from experts in each line of duty then were given the chance to ask questions and sample some real Army hardware

Stationed out of the Inver Grove Heights Armory with recruiting, Sgt First Class Michael Rivera uses this unique event not only to generate interest in the Guard, but also as a means to educate people in what Soldiers do for their communities too "This is like a college visit but for the Guard; it gives kids a chance to see it up close and personal; talk to real Soldiers; and get their points of view on what experiences they've had to give them an idea if this could be for them," explains Rivera This is Rivera's third military job fair and hopes to continue offering this in the future

Work Experience Teacher, Mr Nick Johnson, from Eagan High School has been collaborating with Rivera for more than five years now and says his students only have to gain from what they learn from this type of event "This is an opportunity to see different ways to do things right out of high school, and kids don't always know how the military works; SFC Rivera provides a look at the Guard, shows them what they do and answers that question," said Johnson

Ms Kim Sievert-DiSanto teaches Career Discovery at Simley High School and explains that her students are given a great opportunity to tour a potential career field that is available to them right out of high school "Not everyone wants to go straight to college and it can be difficult finding a career without much experience, the Guard can be a great place for them to get started," said Sievert-Disanto

"Lately, the kids showing interest and signing up for a spot in the Guard have been some of the brightest and most promising I have seen in my career," said Rivera Upcoming juniors and seniors can expect another chance to see Rivera's Military Job Fair next fall

February 24, 2014
by Tech Sgt Paul Santikko
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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