More than 300 participate in conference
More than 300 sophomore and junior high school students from 19 school districts in north-central Idaho and southeastern Washington participated in the fifth annual “Dream It. Do It… Here” youth conference on March 18. The event was held virtually from the University of Idaho.
Coordinated by the Clearwater Economic Development Association and hosted by the University of Idaho, the goal was to educate high school students about career choices and the academic or career-technical education they will need to obtain their preferred job. It showcased the area’s employment opportunities to encourage career choices for occupations that are needed for the future in the region.
Twenty-eight industry and government agencies lead seventy-nine, 30-minute breakout sessions and shared information on local occupations. They highlighted occupations in manufacturing, healthcare, technology, transportation, natural resources, hospitality and tourism, engineering, business, finance, and the skilled trades. Recruiters from University of Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College, Walla Walla Community College, Washington State University, and Northwest Indian College hosted another 21 sessions to link students to career pathways for the local job market. Over 25 area volunteers worked the day of the conference to manage the logistics.
Students were placed in sessions based on their interests identified on their conference registration.
Each student participated in five breakout sessions – four for industry and one for education.
The area “Dream it. Do it.” council is an alliance of education, industry, and economic development organizations who are organized through Clearwater Economic Development Association to recruit people to the local job market. More than $22,500 has been raised locally to help put on the conference. The University of Idaho also financially invested in the effort.