Fitch hosts bi-annual trade fair

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Fitch hosted their trade fair for all high school students on March 1. The representatives from different trades spoke to students in the auditorium to start the event. Then, students had the opportunity to talk to the representatives further in the hallway outside of the auditorium.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Austintown Fitch hosted its trade fair for all high school students on March 1 to educate students about different trades and opportunities in the area.

The trade fair included 14 different trades. Representatives from each trade spoke in the auditorium and then talked with students in the hallway outside of the auditorium.

“We need to grow and get younger people with new ideas,“ said Justin Rance, a representative from the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters, about the importance of having representation at the trade fair. “It is good to educate the youth about the opportunities available through the trades.“

Marie Dockry, the school counselor, organized the event with Tony DiTommaso, Senior Business Representative for the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters. They brought in representatives from the Western Reserve Building Trades, which covers numerous different trade fields.

She said she wanted to show the students the various trade opportunities available to them in the area. She wanted to let the students know that there are many options for them to choose from after high school.

She was pleased by the number of students at the event. She had about 175 students attend, with many staying for a while to talk with the representatives. The event occurs once every two years, so each student will have two chances to attend.

“I think it’s a good idea to keep your options open because nothing is guaranteed,“ said senior Dylan Correia, who plans on attending college after graduation but wanted to know about other opportunities if he does not enjoy college. The students met in the cafeteria after the event for a small raffle where some students won gift cards. All students were treated to lemonade and a snack after the event.

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