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Morton East to host student trade fair

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:25 p.m. CDT

CICERO – Morton East High School is partnering with Construction Industry Service Corp. to host a Trade Fair on May 1 in the Field House.

About 300 students will experience a variety of opportunities to gain constructive vocational skills.

Junior resource teacher Jennifer Crofts said the main goal of the CISCO Trade Fair is to engage students in the learning process.

“We hope the students enjoy it,” she said. “We feel we’ve organized it well for them. CISCO has been very helpful to us ,and we hope we can continue partnering with them in the future.”

The majority of the junior students that will participate are in the District 201 work program, which stresses employability and transitioning to post-high school goals. By working with local tradesmen, students will gain valuable work skills and learn more about the trades in their community, organizers said. So far, nine different vendors and trades have committed to attending, including carpenters, electricians, laborers and teamsters.

The morning session will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by the afternoon session from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Students will rotate through different stations highlighting opportunities for possible future careers in a fun, organized manor. Each station has information for students. Some have hands-on activities, for example, wiring a doorbell and using a jackhammer simulator.

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