Iron Range Students Explore Technical Fields

Student Explore Technical Fields on the Iron Range

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“I haven’t really looked at all of my options yet,” Deer River High School junior Sophie Lindquist said.

Figuring out a career path during and after high school is usually on most upper classmen’s minds.

“I actually want to weld when I’m older so better to learn it young right,” Nashwauk High School student Mason Graves said.

Students considering the technical field spent part of their day at the first Mining, Machinery and More a Career Exploration event.

“You get to learn about how it’s going to work out for you in a couple of years,” Nashwauk High School Student Justin Bruss said. “So I can apply to go to college here or get my millwright or whatever I want to do in the future.”

At the Hibbing Community College dozens of students got instruction, worked on projects and used simulators to explore anything from electrical maintenance to industrial systems technology.

“It’s nice to be able to learn all this stuff before you’re out of high school,” said Graves.

They also heard from speakers and toured mining related facilities.

“I got to see someone set up a windmill, that was pretty cool,” said Lindquist.

Even though some of the mining companies are not operating at full force right now, officials say there is still a demand and future employment is expected to grow.

“In two years when they finish their degree or one year things will be back up and running,” Hibbing Community College provost Mike Raich said. “We’ve seen it happen time and time again.

The event was spearheaded by the IRRRB.

It was also held at the Mesabi Range College.

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